By Mark Giardini
Photo’s: Lina Baker, Instagram @seeyouringside
The term “media frenzy” was an understatement for the LA press stop for Gennady Golovkin (33-0 30KOs) vs. David Lemieux (34-2 31KOs). The pair are on tour announcing their October 17 HBO pay-per-view showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The amount of media packed into the Conga Room and on line outside truly captured the scope of this event.
The WBC (World Boxing Council) announced that winner of Golovkin vs. Lemieux is ordered to face the winner of Cotto vs. Canelo. During the conference, it was officially announced that 15,000 tickets have already sold. It’s now very clear that this fight has major implications. This event truly will be “Big Drama Show,” a description used often by the event’s star, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Following the obligatory thank yous, those who were part of the event got down to business. Eric Gomez, the Vice President and matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, had a lot to say. His especially noteworthy commentary were the parallels he drew in comparing Golovkin vs. Lemieux to David and Goliath. David Lemiuex playing the role of “David” and GGG playing the role of “Goliath.”
Lemieux was brief at the podium. He laughed at the notion of being “David” to Golovkin’s “Goliath.” Lemieux exuded confidence at the podium and appeared very relaxed. He told the media, “I wanted this fight because I know I’m gonna win.”
Golovkin was the jubilant gentleman that he always is. He showered everyone involved in the event with praise. It’s clear that he respects Lemieux and is not underestimating his opponent’s capabilities. “Great opponent, this is amazing time. I don’t know who win because I am not God,” said Golovkin. Golovkin also encouraged the public to buy the fight because there are a lot of great champions on it. He specifically mentioned Roman Gonzalez.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0 37KOs) is now a household name to the hardcore boxing public. To the casual fan that may not be familiar, Gonzalez is a flyweight from Nicaragua. He has an outstanding record with an 86% knockout percentage. He just recently made his American debut on the Golovkin vs. Monroe card back in May where he scored a second round TKO victory.
Gonzalez will square off against Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-4 22KOs) in the co-main event. Both fighters took their turn at the podium. Chocolatito is honored to be once again fighting in the U.S. on Golovkin’s card. Viloria is thankful for the opportunity and said, “I’m gonna show everyone what the Hawaiian Punch is.” With a relatively modest pay-per-view price tag of $49.95, this card put on by K2 and Golden Boy Promotions should give fans their bang for their buck.
Legendary fighter and Golden Boy Promotions partner, Bernard Hopkins offered powerful words when he took the podium. Hopkins expressed his appreciation for Golovkin and Lemieux’s agreement to fight each other and give boxing fans a fight that they desire. Hopkins boasted, “We (Golden Boy Promotions) said we want to put the best fights on for the fans and for yall (media) to do yall job. We set out to do what we said and we gonna continue to do it.” It’s hard to argue with Hopkins. Golden Boy has announced Matthysse vs. Postol, Cotto vs. Canelo and Golovkin vs. Lemieux (with Gonzalez vs. Viloria as an undercard) for Fall 2015. Kudos to them for helping to make these fights happen!