By Gabe Rivas
Posted: October 17, 2015
Photo by Brant Wilson/RBRBoxing
Middleweight unification is finally upon us as the two biggest punchers in the division–Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux–square off at Madison Square Garden in New York City for one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
The scheduled 12-rounder–let’s be honest, this fight is most likely not going to the scorecards–will headline an HBO pay-per-view event promoted by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
In the co-main event, Roman Gonzalez, whom many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, will take in Brian Viloria to defend his WBC Flyweight title.
Golovkin, 33, is one of the most dominant Middleweights in recent years. The native of Kazakhstan has made it an effort to unify the division and fight on big cards like the one he is on fighting tonight.
After turning professional in 2005 and making his U.S. debut in 2012, Golovkin is finally getting what he wished for; however, a tough opponent in David Lemieux is the risk he must take if he wants to make an impact on mainstream audiences.
A fighter who himself was groomed to be a dominant Midleweight champion, Lemieux will look to use his speed and power to dethrone a champion who, though he has beaten several tough fighters, has not fought with someone who hits as hard as Lemieux.
The 26-year-old native of Montreal, Canada will look to go against the odds as he puts his IBF title on the line against the most dangerous man in the division.
Who do you think takes the win?
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Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux, WBA/WBC interim/IBF Middleweight title unification
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Golovkin dominated Lemieux en route to an eighth round stoppage of Lemieux.
Golovkin outboxed Lemieux early and used his jab, eventually he found Lemieux and dropped him in Round 5 with a body shot.
Golovkin then wore him down and stopped him at 1:32 of Round 8.
Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria, 12 rounds, for Gonzalez’s WBC Flyweight title
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Gonzalez scored a ninth-round TKO victory over Viloria.
From the opening round, Gonzalez pushed forward and overwhelmed Viloria with combination punches.
Gonzalez scored a knockdown in Round 3, continued dominating through the fight, and eventually stopped Viloria with a flurry.
Luis Ortiz vs. Matias Ariel Vidondo, 12 rounds, for vacant WBA interim Heavyweight title
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Ortiz knocked out Vidondo in Round 3.
After a slow first round, Ortiz began landing combination punches in Round 2.
Ortiz landed a powerful combination in Round 2 that dropped Vidondo, who barely made it out of the round.
Vidondo, who had never fought in the U.S. looked flabby and slow compared to Ortiz’s elusiveness.
In Round 3, Ortiz landed another shot that quickly knocked Vidondo out.
Eamonn O’Kane vs. Tureano Johnson, 12 rounds, IBF Middleweight eliminator
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Johnson scored a unanimous decision victory over O’Kane.
Johnson had a good start as he scored two knockdowns in Round 1 both by a right hook.
O’Kane, however, recovered by the second round and was backing Johnson up by the end of Round 2.
The back-and-forth action continued into the fight as O’Kane landed more body shots, while Johnson landed more to the head.
O’Kane never gave up, but he didn’t posses the power nor the skill to put Johnson’s win at risk
The judges scored the fight 118-108, 117-109 and 119-107 for Johnson.
Ghislain Maduma vs. Maurice Hooker, 10 rounds, Lightweights
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Hooker’s reach and height allowed him to score a majority decision win against Maduma.
A solid right hand put Maduma on the canvas on Round 4, while Hooker was badly hurt later in the fight.
The fight was close, but Hooker edged out Maduma on the scorecards. Two judges scored it 95-93 for Hooker, while one scored it the same for Maduma.
Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Jose Bustos, 6 rounds, Lightweights
Roach scored a unanimous decision victory over Bustos.
After a slow first round in which he carefully threw jabs. Roach began fighting at close range and by landing counter-punching combinations in every round.
Bustos had some moments, but Roach, a National Golden Gloves champion, was too talented for him.
All judges scored the fight 59-55 for Roach.
Ruslan Madiev vs. Azriel Paez, 4 rounds, Junior Welterweights
Recaps for all pay-per-view fights will appear shortly after the telecast.