Editor’s Note: Introducing my homie from way back, and new Elbow Deep contributor, Bud deBurgh. Bud is a true Steel City bad boy, well-versed in the arts of combat, contact sports, handicapping, daily fantasy, and really everything else that red-blooded American men hold near and dear. He’ll be covering Boxing, MMA, Wrestling and whatever else puts a twinkle in his eye. Welcome, Bud.
Saturday October 17th marks the most anticipated fight of 2016 (sans the May-Pac fiasco) as Kazakh superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin takes on Canadian slugger David Lemieux. This bout is between arguably the two top Middleweight boxers on the planet, and it doesn’t hurt that both of them have dynamite in their hands. GGG checks in as a huge favorite, but both these guys go for broke and try to destroy every opponent in their path.
If you’re a casual sports fan who watches the occasional boxing match, this is for you. Both guys can fucking crack. En route to grabbing the WBA/WBC/IBO belts, GGG has knocked out 30 of his 33 professional opponents; no one has gone the distance with him since 2008. This guy is must-see TV. He always puts on a show and is electric in the post-fight interviews. The man hasn’t lost since the 2004 Olympic finals and had an amateur record of 345-5. Since 2013, he is 9-0 with 9 stoppages, including wins over Daniel Gealo, Marco Antonio Rubio, Matthew Macklin, and Martin Murray. All of these guys are very, very game MWs but they had absolutely nothing for GGG.
Lemieux had a rough 2011 but has gone on a streak of massacres himself since then. Most recently, he battered Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam en route to the IBF belt. He also holds a notable win over Gabriel Rosado (whom Golovkin beat). DL is a very physical, strong, aggressive fighter that’s a handful for most at the weight. However, do not forget that Lemieux’s first professional loss was to the rugged Mexican, Marco Antonio Rubio, whom GGG ran over in October 2014.
Despite the fact that this should be a fun fight, Golovkin is a -2000 favorite. Simply put, Lemieux hits like a mule but GGG is in an entirely different class. I think Lemieux might push GGG back for a bit and muscle him on the inside (Lemieux is the naturally bigger man), but GGG will use his jab to counter Lemieux’s wide shots. From there, look for Golovkin to go on the offensive and batter DL with power shots, putting him away within 6 rounds.
At the end of the day, hats off to both men for taking this fight. Punk ass Miguel Cotto refuses to go near GGG, and other MWs (Peter Quillin, Daniel Jacobs) are with Al Haymon/PBC – either the Satan or Savior of boxing, depending on who you ask. Those fights are a real long shot. It’s nice to see someone knuckle up and give the fans a show.
For a more in depth look into the match, check out the guys at Bad Left Hook over on SB Nation. The BLH countdown show is legit.
Editor’s Note #2: Last time I saw a live boxing match was this past spring when Bud deBurgh and a handful of other college buddies came to NYC to see Danny “Swift” Garcia at The Barclays Center. That weekend might be the subject of a future “storytime” blog, but let’s just say Night 1 saw a 5am finish at a Koreatown karaoke bar, and Night 2 featured our friend “Jack” teaching some shitbird in Brooklyn a lesson on proper ground-and-pound technique. A Hall of Fame weekend.