At today’s press conference inside Madison Square Garden to officially announce the middleweight world championship unification bout between WBA, IBO and WBC interim champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 promotions referenced the late Emanuel Steward when he said, “Welcome to big time boxing.”
“Finally another champion is willing to get in the ring with Gennady Golovkin,” Loeffler said.
The match will take place at the big room at Madison Square Garden on October 17 and will be broadcast live on HBO pay-per-view for $49.95.
According to Joel Fisher from MSG, the arena has already sold over 15,000 tickets and are working furiously to release more seats to meet the growing demand.
This will be Golovkin’s first crack at headlining his own PPV event and the magnitude of the moment is not lost on him.
“I understand my situation very well,” Golovkin said. “This is my first PPV fight and my career is maturing. I know David is a very dangerous fighter.”
Golovkin’s 91 percent knockout ratio is the highest in the middleweight division and he has knocked out the last 20 fighters to face him in a row.
Lemieux is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Hassan N’Dam in June where he captured the IBF belt.
“Many of you have to be ready for change,” Lemieux said. “There will be a change in patterns. I’m ready to be the unified middleweight champion and yes there will be blood.”
As for Lemieux’s game plan to face the most feared fighter in the sport:
“I’m not coming to fight Golovkin,” Lemieux said. “I’m coming to win and that’s the difference between myself and everyone else.”
Golovkin, who is 33, doesn’t believe Lemieux at 26 will have an advantage come fight night.
“I feel like I’m 22 years old. I’m ready.”
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