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Golovkin, Chocolatito dominate in New York

Photos: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions

Photos: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions

Despite all the hype surrounding David Lemieux as Gennady Golovkin’s “most dangerous” opponent to date, it was just another day at the office for GGG.

The Kazakh fighter added Lemieux to his list of victims and scored his 21st consecutive knockout.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO) established his jab early on in the first round and was clearly in control from the beginning. Lemieux (34-3, 31 KO) landed a couple of power punches of his own, including a huge left hook in the sixth round, but Golovkin displayed a granite chin and just kept coming forward.

Lemieux was hit with some body punches early on and the shots clearly slowed him down as the rounds continued.

Golovkin’s masterful body attack culminated with a fifth round knockdown from a beautifully placed left hook to the kidney of Lemieux. The Canadian fighter got back to his feet and appeared to be on his way out, but the bell rang just in time and Lemieux was saved.

Golovkin's body attack proved to be the difference

Golovkin’s body attack proved to be the difference

Despite surviving the round, it was clear that the fight was going to end sooner rather than later.

With Lemieux’s face bloodied and busted up, referee Steve Willis momentarily stopped the fight in the seventh to get a doctor to check out the damage.

Lemieux was cleared to continue, but Golovkin just continued to dish out the punishment.

In round eight with Lemieux still throwing punches but clearly outgunned, Willis decided he had seen enough and stopped the fight.

Golovkin’s first pay-per-view was no different from any of his previous fights, it was a one-sided beatdown. With GGG holding three of the four major middleweight titles now, the only belt missing is the WBC title. Miguel Cotto is set to defend that title against Canelo Alvarez on November 21 in Las Vegas and Golovkin says he plans on attending that fight with intentions of facing the winner.

No more tune-up fights. No more Golovkin isn’t a big enough name. The man just filled up Madison Square Garden. Golovkin vs the winner of Cotto-Canelo has to happen next.

In the co-main event, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KO) continued to make his case for number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world by taking out another solid opponent in Brian Viloria.

Chocolatito used power and combination punching to wear down Viloria

Chocolatito used power and combination punching to wear down Viloria

Viloria (36-5, 22 KO) came out aggressive and even appeared to win the first round, but Gonzalez was just too skilled and too strong. Gonzalez knocked Viloria down in the third round and eventually stopped him in the ninth.

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