A very interesting high noon press conference today at The Garden in New York City, with middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux personifying the excellence of boxing with their classy and noble behavior.
Bernard Hopkins, the former Middleweight kingpin and now promoter for Golden Boy promotions was on hand to set a majestic tone to the event – stating “The middleweight division has been left in great hands and I’m proud of that – I’m really keen on those who deserve respect and these two champions deserve respect.
Lemieux, the heavy handed 26-year old from Quebec, did not make any bold guarantees but he exuded an excited confidence for the opportunity to compete with arguably the most talked about and exciting figure in the sport today:
“Who would’ve thought a nine or ten year old kid smoking cigarettes would sell out Madison Square Garden? — I am extremely proud to be here, this event is already historical breaking MSG’s record for most tickets sold for a boxing event during a pre-sale. You can expect what you see and what you know from us on Oct. 17, two exciting fighters ready to give the fans a really fight. In boxing you have to be ready for change, anything, patterns change. I am ready to be part of that change and become the unified middleweight world champion. I respect Golovkin I think he is great fighter, but I’m not here to be his friend I am here to be is opponent. I promise you, there will be blood. I am extremely proud to be here and I just want to say that you will see history in the making on Oct 17.
Golovkin is one of those electrifying, polite champions, who prefers to let his fists and actions express himself. When it comes to words, the 33-year old is no verbal knockout artist, but an impeccable gentleman — “I want to thank my team, K2 Promotions, HBO and Golden Boy for the most amazing deal this is by far the biggest present for the fans. This fight will go down in history as one of the best. I respect his style. HBO and Madison Square Garden are a family to me, they have helped shape my career and we have so far created great history here. I think that we have heard a lot of talk about performances, but I promise an amazing show on October 17. Not just for the main event but for all the fights in the card. And I want to welcome all my fans to come watch this event live at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 17.”
Golovkin and Lemieux will meet on October 17 on HBO Pay-Per-View.