Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin continued his path of destruction Saturday night with his 21st consecutive knockout victory.
Golovkin, 33, battered Canadian David Lemieux around the ring at Madison Square Garden, landing a series of furious punches before the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round. Golovkin, who now holds the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles, moved to a 34-0 career record.
The sold-out crowd of 20,548 at MSG chanted “Triple G…Triple G” as the ruthless Kazakh connected with an astonishing 280 of 549 thrown punches, besides 170 out of 359 thrown jabs. Lemieux, who showed plenty of heart in lasting eight rounds, was outright dominated and mismatched. Golovkin proved too quick and precise for Lemieux, who connected with only 89 punches through the bout.
It was in the fourth round when Gennady Golovkin upped the ante, with a vicious left hook followed a series of head shots that backed Lemieux against the ropes. After that, it was all one-way traffic.
Despite Golovkin’s victory, the New York crowd was disappointed that the fight didn’t finish with a clean knockout win. The referee was booed heavily for his merciful act towards Lemieux.
With his first PPV-headlining victory, Golovkin has taken giant strides on the road to superstardom, while further staking his claim as the heir to Floyd Mayweather’s pound-for-pound title. “I told you this was a very important fight,” said the fighter who gained 31 knockouts in 34 bouts. “I give my fans and friends a big show. Thank you my fans. Thank you my people,” added Golovkin.
Lemieux wasn’t happy with the TKO result. “I feel like the referee called the fight too early,” said the Canadian. “I am fine. When he stopped it I wasn’t event on the mat, I can keep going.”
It’s all but confirmed that Golovkin will face the winner of the November 21 mega-bout between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. “Whoever wins that fight (next spring) will clearly be at the top of the sport as Gennady is himself,” promoter Tom Loeffler said.
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) October 18, 2015