Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Stops David Lemieux to Unify WBA and IBF Titles!
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Oct 19, 2015)
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Golovkin used a piston like jab “old school” way and controlled the first round with hardly throwing a right. He continued boxing Lemieux hurting him in the fourth round with a left hook to the side. In the fifth round he dropped him. Lemieux was always dangerous and got some power punches of his own in the seventh round with Golovkin showing a good chin and recuperative skills.
At the start of the eighth round the ring physician checked Lemieux who was a thoroughly beaten fighter having lost every round but with the heart of a lion and was still lashing out. Golovkin drove Lemieux to the ropes with a flurry of punches and for a second Lemieux looked to his left at the referee as to “surrender!” Within seconds referee Steve Willis called a halt. Lemieux’s heart wanted to go on but his body was broken down including a possibly of a broken nose.
It was the fifteenth successful title defense for the now No. 1 P4P fighter in the world Golovkin. When asked about that after the battle he simply said “let’s say it’s vacant!” A very modest now two organization champion thanked his fans, his people and everyone several times. “He (Lemieux) was very good, very strong,” said Golovkin. He now awaits the winner of WBC champion Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November being the interim champion Golovkin expects the WBC to force the winner to fight Golovkin.
In the co-feature Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 44-0 (38), of Managua, NIC, showed why Ring Magazine calls him P4P the best as he not only used speed but power to stop former champion Brian Vilora, 36-5 (22), who was rescued by referee Benjy Esteves, Jr., at 2:53 of the ninth round. Vilora only won the first round. He was knocked down in the third round with a right to the chin.
It was the champion’s third defense of his WBC flyweight title after having been the WBA minimumweight (3 defenses) and WBA light flyweight champion (4 defenses). His speed of hand was “faster than a speeding bullet” and the power of the same. Vilora admitted “he was the best fighter I have ever faced!” Gonzalez also was humble in gaining this win.
In a lopsided heavyweight fight Louis “King Kong” Ortiz, 23-0 (20) 2 ND’s, of Camayuega, CUB, and living in Miami, FL, knocked out Matias Vidondo, 20-2-1 (18), Santa Fe, ARG, at 0:17 of the third round with referee Shada Murdaugh needing no count but to call in the ring physician immediately. Ortiz scored a knockdown in the second round with a right to the head and a left on the back. This was for the interim WBA heavyweight title that Ortiz fought for a year ago to a ND1.
In the best fight of the night it was a brutal battle between middleweight winner Tureano Johnson, 19-1 (13), of Nassau, BAH, now out of the state of GA, winning a lopsided decision over Eamonn “King Kane” O’Kane, 14-2-1 (5), of Banagher, IRE, over 12 rounds.
Johnson scored a pair of knockdowns in the very first round and caused a cut along the left eye of O’Kane’s in the second round. He also had O’Kane’s mouth bleeding in the tenth. O’Kane would not stop throwing punches but the faster Johnson would go from southpaw to orthodox causing his opponent to miss quite often.
This was for the No. 1 ranking of the IBF with Johnson moving in from No. 4 past No. 3 O’Kane with both No. 1 and No. 2 vacant. This put’s Johnson in line sometime next year for a title fight with the new IBF champion Golovkin.
Scores of 119-107, 118-108 and 117-109 were deceiving for the winner. Referee was Arthur Mercante, Jr. It was a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. O’Keefe’s IBF-intercontinental and Johnson’s WBA International titles were not at stake.
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