GGG vs. Lemieux PPV Review
Boxing fans and boxing critics have been waiting a very long time to finally find out if GGG is the real deal or if Lemieux could pull this upset. Welp.....
IBF champion David Lemieux
IBO/WBA champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
GGG gave Lemieux a methodical beating in stopping him in the 8th round to score his 21st consecutive knockout. Golovkin hurt a bloody Lemieux with a flurry of power shots to the head and body in the 8th, causing referee Steve Willis to halt the fight at 1:32 of the round with Lemieux still on his feet.
To show how much of a mismatch last night’s fight between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux was, Golovkin landed over three times as many punches as Lemieux. Golovkin connected on 280 of 549 punches for a 51 percent connect percentage, according to Compu-Box. For his part, Lemieux landed just 89 of 335 punches for a 27% connect percentage.
Golovkin knew how to nullify Lemieux’s punching power by fighting on the outside, jabbing him, and picking him off with left hooks and right hands. Lemieux was winding up on his big left hook all night long, but with Golovkin not getting close enough for him to and it, Lemieux was hitting air all night long rather than finding the target with his left hook. The fight became really easy for Golovkin after he hurt Lemieux with a big left hook in the 4th round. It became a total route after that round.