GENNADY GOLOVKIN’S fearsome reputation is well established. His punch power, aggressive intent and string of 20 consecutive knockouts are testament to that. But he still needs something more. At 33 years old he can’t spend too much longer waiting for the fights that will define his legacy. His career now needs memorable contests and, on Saturday against David Lemieux in Madison Square Garden, he gets his first world title unification and pay-per-view fight.
Victory would take him beyond just being frightening. Unifying the WBA and IBF middleweight titles could be the first step towards greatness, if it puts him on a course towards the winner of November’s Miguel Cotto-Saul Alvarez WBC title fight.
“The middleweight division is in a very good situation, it’s a very interesting situation. Three or four fighters are pay-per-view fighters, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Andy Lee are pay-per-view fighters. I want unification fights. My goal is all the belts in the middleweight division,” Golovkin said.