Team Golovkin Thinking Triple G Vs. Lemieux Is Next

A fight with Floyd Mayweather is something everyone and their brother, if they are between 135 and 168 pounds, thinks about, craves, ponders. If you fight, and want to make moolah, “Money” is your guy.

So, there is no shortage of folks talked about to be in the mix to be Floyd’s next dance partner to do the fistic waltz in Vegas, in September.

There is a growing chorus of fans wanting the powers that be to make the match, maybe the only match, that they can conceive of which will see Mayweather, the superlative pugilist-specialist, tested: that’s Mayweather vs. Gennady Golovkin. But, if we assume that Floyd continues to avoid a move toward a boxer who campaigns as a legit middleweight, with the reasoning being that the GGG power might be too high a hill for him to climb, that leaves us scratching Money off the list of possible partners for Golovkin.

Triple G’s popularity and cred as a drawing power ticked up yet another notch when he packed 12,4000 into the LA Forum for his scrap against Willie Monroe Jr.

Who is Gennady fighting next has become a top-tier perennial question after his bouts, with guys like me in full on pester mode toward his promoter, Tom Loeffler. What about it Tom, who’s in the lead to get a crack in September against the fighting pride of Kazakhstan?

David Lemieux, the power punching Candian hitman who had Hassan N’Dam looking like a human yo-yo Saturday night in Montreal, he said.

“Gennady’s goal has been to unify the middleweight division,” Loeffler told me Tuesday, and, as Lemiuex took the vacant IBF 160 strap Saturday, Golovkin has his eyes on it and would like to perform a liberation attack upon the handsome hammer-fisted Canadian. “They are two of the biggest punchers in the division, so that fight would be the priority from our standpoint,” he continued. Loeffler saw the outing versus N’Dam, and said he was impressed. It was nothing he didn’t know, he said, Lemieux can crack, and he believes he is a world-class boxer.

“A lot of people want to wait to fight Golovkin, but right now, that would be a big fight,” Loeffler continued.

He said that Gennady’s chosen platform, partner HBO, wants the tiff, and his aim would be to present Golovkin-Lemieux on pay-per-view, because it would generate the most revenue, off that setup. “It would generate the most for both fighters. Gennady now has such a fan base, and with his TV ratings, and his ticket sales, in a unification fight versus another champion, that would be components for his first PPV.”

He said the IBF is open to the clash, as are the WBA and WBC, whose belts Triple G has in his possession. And does he think Lemieux wants it now, or will he maybe put if off, seek to let it marinate, and come back to it at a time when he thinks his purse will be grander? “It’s just a matter of getting a deal done with Lemieux,” he said, of the boxer promoted by Golden Boy and advised by Camille Estephan. “It would be by far his biggest purse. We have overpaid consistently to get people in the ring with Gennady.”

And, we can assume, he thinks the price can be made right for Lemieux to be convinced to sign on to manufacture one of the most anticipated bomber vs. bomber bouts in recent boxing history.

Readers, your thoughts? Will Lemieux step to the line now?

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Well, Lemieux has previously said he wants to fight 3G (after the Rosado fight) and I can't see another better reason why Golden Boy jumped so quickly to sign Lemieux; than to have him fight Golovkin. You could - on the caveat of first inspection and without too much concern - say that Lemieux represents a challenge to Gennady that sits somewhere between Proska and Murray. My God with these 2 styles, provided he doesn't get spooked too much in the lead up by 3G's lack of nerves/concern, Lemieux will get hit so hard he won't be able to believe it himself. Won't make him learn defence though. Brilliant stuff I say. For those out there that want action, this - even aside from Lemieux's fighting relationships to several of 3G's previous opponents - has all the makings of a very entertaining bout. Good stuff. Sometimes - to win - it is enough to just understand what the other guy does that allows him his success, and that will be the case here. So . . . feed Lemieux to the Golovkin and let's see what happens. If Lemieux comes in committed as he did with N'Dam Gennady will get hit and feel it, and then we will well and truly have a fight. Someone will then find the pressure is more than they can bear, and - of course - publicly think and perform with. At that point someone's ego - a central psychological component of all personality - will shut down. I am pretty sure I know whose it will be. :) :) :)


-Froggy :

I think that fight will happen, maybe in September, it would be a great fight as long as it lasted and anything can happen with two guys who bang like they do ! Funny, if it is PPV, it will be the first for both boxers and no doubt a better value than May/Pac was !


-deepwater2 :

I always like a unification bout. DLH seems to think DL hits harder than Triple G.I think the IBF will let DL skip his mandatory so lets make the fight. DL might opt to take another fight in the meanwhile just to make some money before he faces GGG.


-Domenic :

Hopefully this happens next. Lemieux is heavy handed, and has seemingly rebounded from his back to back losses when he was much less experienced a few years back. Given Golovkin's style, it's just a matter of time before he gets truly stung and is tested. It makes a lot of sense right now. I think Golovkin will bulldoze him, but it could be a barnburner as long as it lasts.


-Art :

This fight makes me salivate!! I hope Oscar does the right thing and makes it now, as Lemieux wants the fight. Yet, I believe Oscar and Golden Boy want to make a few dollars with him before putting him in with GGG. That's my opinion but I hope i'm wrong. This fight would also test FM's drawing power on Showtime because real fight fans want DL vs GGG!! Without hesitation I know where my money would be!!


-Yogo :

This fight makes me salivate!! I hope Oscar does the right thing and makes it now, as Lemieux wants the fight. Yet, I believe Oscar and Golden Boy want to make a few dollars with him before putting him in with GGG. That's my opinion but I hope i'm wrong. This fight would also test FM's drawing power on Showtime because real fight fans want DL vs GGG!! Without hesitation I know where my money would be!!
This!


-brownsugar :

The article is correct, the line of fighters waiting to fight GGG is longer than the line of paying customers waiting to see the original screening of "The Exorcist". One more mandatory, One more win over a bum to pad the record, One more day in the life of protecting an undefeated record or holding onto a belt before handing over both to GGG in a humiliating one sided loss. We've all heard Lemieux proudly proclaim his conviction to face the best in his division even if it means walking the last Green Mile to a title unification against Golovkin. But what we aren't hearing is,... Lemieux's promoters expressing any similar confidence in their fighters ability to derail the Killer Kazak from his goal of wanting to house all the middleweights belts under one banner. It doesn't matter how bravely Lemieu talks,... He is being primed for a mega payday against the winner of Cotto vs Canelo, .... The more profitable road of least resistance. Golovkin will get the winner of Lee vs Saunders before he gets close enough to pat dry the carnation-baby's-milk smell off Lemieux's poorly protected chin. If NDam had chin we wouldn't even be having this conversation. Although I do give credit to Lemieu for making one of the most dramatic comebacks in boxing. The fight would be interesting for a rounds but don't expect it anytime soon. ....at least not any sooner than you'd expect Quillin to challenge Golovkin for a belt.....lol.


-stormcentre :

Said as eloquently as Obama on a podium on the eve of an election. Good stuff. :) :)