As expected, Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin was able to continue his winning streak over Canadian boxer David Lemieux as he was able to knock him out in the eighth round.
This makes the Kazakh boxer undefeated in 34 fights with 31 via knockout as he showed tremendous skill, power and durability to outlast his opponent.
However, David Lemieux’s camp is not satisfied with the referee’s decision to stop the fight and believes it was a premature stoppage.
For Lemieux, he said he was still in shape to continue the fight as he didn’t show any signs of going down or being unable to defend.
“I feel like the referee called the fight too early. I am fine,” said Lemieux via Opening Round . “When he stopped it I wasn’t event on the mat, I can keep going. I have a lot of respect for Golovkin as a fighter. We prepared well for this fight but I feel like I waited too long to take some shots tonight and that really hurt me. I want another chance at Golovkin and I will take advantage of it.”
That was seconded by his manager, Camille Estephan as he believes his fighter could go beyond round 12.
“It was too early to stop the fight…That punch that Golovkin threw didn’t even bring David to the mat. David fought valiantly. He showed a lot of heart and skills. But Golovkin’s defense was great; I think that his defense is underestimated.”
In his defense, the referee Esteves Willies said the punches thrown by Golovkin was thrice as much as Lemieux did and that just shows how much he has been beaten up already. Should he let the fight continue, he would have let Lemieux take unnecessary damage which might be dangerous to his well-being.
“I had to do something,” said the ref. “David is a very competitive fighter and as long as he was able to throw punches he was going to keep on trying but his chances of winning were decreasing as the fight went on. Against a guy [Golovkin] like that he was going to get really hurt and I’m here to protect the fighter’s health and that’s my top priority. I couldn’t let him continue to receive punishment.”