Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez has predicted an early finish when Gennady Golovkin meets David Lemieux this Saturday night, dubbing the contest a “Hearns-Hagler fight.


Undefeated Gennady Golovkin 33-0 (30 KO), meets big-hitting Canadian, David Lemieux 34-2 (31 KO) in one of the most eagerly-anticipated fights in recent memory. Already, comparisons are being made to “The War” between Marvellous Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, a 1985 middleweight duel that is fondly remembered to this day.

Speaking to HBO’s Max Kellerman, Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez predicted the fight will end in four rounds.

“I think this is a Hearns, Hagler fight…the way this is selling out just tells people that it’s going to be that kind of fight. The kind of fight that we can look back and say “I was there or I watched it live on TV”. It’s going to be a shootout,” Sanchez said.

Mark Ramsey, who has been training Lemieux backed this up. “When you look at both fighters…they both have power and people underestimate the quality of his [Lemieux’s] technique…one mistake and it’s all over”.

“We have prepared David Lemieux for the best Golovkin possible, we are going to get him ready for nine, ten, eleven, twelve rounds of war.”

Moving on to the fighters themselves, it is clear that both are salivating at the prospect of locking horns in front of a packed Madison Square Garden. Lemieux especially seemed to be relishing the chance to face the best version of Golovkin.

“The harder the better”, he said “I don’t want it the easy way”.

Golovkin is similarly fired up.

“This is a fight, boxing is not a game. It’s very important who is number one, true number one, like a true warrior. This is my big test…my first step to history.”

With the chance to unify the middleweight belts, this fight is not to be missed and will be broadcast exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation.