Lemieux will KO Golovkin, says De La Hoya
By Dan Ambrose: Fans don’t know exactly what to expect in the unification fight between IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) this month on October 17th on HBO pay-per-view, but Lemieux’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya feels pretty confident about the 26-year-old Lemieux’s chances of winning this fight at Madison Square Garden, in New York.
De La Hoya says he wouldn’t have wanted Lemieux to face Golovkin a year ago because he felt he wasn’t ready back then. But now that he has wins over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Gabriel Rosado and Fernando Guerrero under his belt, De La Hoya now feels that Lemieux is ready to go into Madison Square Garden and take Golovkin’s scalp and bring his IBO and WBA 160lb titles back to Canada with him.
De La Hoya thinks the Golovkin-Lemieux fight will turn Lemieux into a superstar overnight after he beats Golovkin on HBO PPV.
De La Hoya sees mistakes in Golovkin’s game that he thinks that Lemieux can exploit. De La Hoya, a former six division world champion, had a lot more skills in his game than Lemieux has going for him.
Just because De La Hoya can see flaws in Golovkin’s game that he feels Lemieux can take advantage of doesn’t necessarily mean that he can. If Lemieux had De La Hoya’s skills and boxing brain in his middleweight-sized body, then you could say for sure that Lemieux would be able to take advantage of Golovkin’s flaws, but it’s unclear whether Lemieux will be able to do that with his current skills on October 17th.
“Mark my words, I feel that David Lemieux can knock out ‘Triple G’ and we will have a new superstar hailing from Canada,” De La Hoya said via Fightnews.com. “He’s [Golovkin] definitely beatable. I’ve seen a lot of mistakes in there that ‘Triple G’ makes and all I can say is that he has not faced a guy like David Lemieux.”
It sounds like De La Hoya needs to take over as Lemieux’s trainer. If he wants him to be able to take advantage of the flaws that he sees in Golovkin’s game, then De La Hoya might need to be the guy that directs the training for Lemieux, because I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to get the better of Golovkin without special training in these areas of weakness that De La Hoya has spotted in Golovkin’s game.
If Lemieux does beat Golovkin, he’ll be a superstar even if he gets blown out of the water in his next fight against the winner of the Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. Just by being the guy that beat Golovkin, Lemieux would become a superstar. How long Lemieux would be able to last in that capacity would be determined by what comes after.
If he loses one after another to the likes of Canelo and Cotto, then his superstar status will be fleeting. I suspect that the Golovkin fight is going to take a lot out of Lemieux, and leave him vulnerable to get beaten by the top contenders in the division like Tureano Johnson. I don’t think it will even take fighters like Cotto or Canelo to expose him again. I think Johnson would do it if he catches Lemieux right after the Golovkin fight.
“I strongly believe this is the perfect moment for David Lemieux to unify the titles,” De La Hoya said.
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