The Best Fighting the Best—Again

By Ted Sares on October 8, 2015
The Best Fighting the Best—Again
Triple G currently holds the highest knockout ratio in middleweight championship history.

On October 17, Gennady Golovkin steps into the ring to face IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in a unification shootout …

“HBO is going to end this year with a bang, Lemieux-GGG is a war as long as it lasts. Then you have Cotto-Canelo, the return of Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in tough with Brian Viloria, Rios-Bradley, Klitschko-Fury, are you kidding me?”—Max Kellerman to

“These great fights lead to other great fights.”—Kellerman

The matchups have been made and the best seem to be matched with the best.

Appropriately things get started at Madison Square Garden and end (in the US) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In between, there is plenty to like elsewhere, especially in Germany and the UK.

October 17

On October 17, WBA, IBO, and interim WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin steps into the ring to face IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in a unification shootout that seemingly cannot possibly go the distance. Golovkin (33-0) currently holds the highest knockout ratio (91%) in middleweight championship history and will be going for an incredible 21st consecutive KO victory when he steps into Madison Square Garden’s storied ring.

Montreal-based power-puncher Lemieux (34-2) captured the IBF middleweight title in dominant fashion with an impressive win on June 20 over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam that reestablished him as a serious threat to beat anyone in his division. Moreover, his knockout ratio is an eye-popping 86%.

If Lemieux decides to fight inside (which seems likely given his reach issues), look for this one to sizzle immediately but also look for an early knockout. GGG is no Hassan N’Dam and he will press the action until the matter is closed.

And then

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0) meets Brian Viloria (34-4) in a mouthwatering co-feature that will showcase Chocolatito’s top P4P Ring magazine credentials. While Viloria is far from a walkover, this fight could well provide the wherewithal for a training film on how to cut off the ring, stalk, stun, and then close out a fight.

October 24

Ultra-skilled Kell “Special K” Brook (35-0) defends his IBF welterweight title against Argentinean Diego Chaves (23-2-1) at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. Brook said that Chaves “was coming off a draw to Tim Bradley, was ahead on the cards against Brandon Rios until he was disqualified and gave Keith Thurman a solid fight so we know what level he has mixed at and how good he is.” Chaves says, “This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine and as a huge underdog. We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England, and this will give me much more strength. I will be making history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”

November 7

Welterweight titlist Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (32-1-1) and Brandon Rios (33-2-1) will meet on November 7 in what should be a nonstop, punishing match of attrition. “I am excited to get back into the ring against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios,” Bradley said. “I know that he is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for. So am I. I guarantee you that the Thomas & Mack Center will once again deliver a great match.” Rios: said, “We’ve been looking for a big fight and at last we have it. I’ll be ready.”

Team Rios knows that Desert Storm, with a big assist from referee Pat Russell, was lucky to survive a last minute rally by Jesse Vargas in Bradley’s last fight.

“This is a great between two of the best welterweights in the world and they both have big names,” said Cameron Dunkin, Rios’ manager and Bradley’s former manager.

November 21

The UK’s Martin Murray (32-2-1) travels to Germany for still another world title attempt as he challenges surging WBO 168lb champion Arthur Abraham (43-4) in Hannover. Style-wise, this could be a brutal affair. The Brit said, “I am thrilled to have the chance to face Arthur for the WBO World super middleweight title. I was shocked when Arthur agreed to the fight. It’s one he didn’t have to take. I have never been afraid to travel to fight for world titles and this occasion will be no different. I expect lots of Brits to travel to Germany and it will be a fantastic atmosphere and a great fight for the fans.

And then there’s Las Vegas

With a nod to Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez in 1981 and all the other legendary fights between Mexican and Puerto Rican boxers, the biggest “real” fight of 2015 will likely be between lineal and WBC World middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4) and former WBC junior middleweight titleholder and visibly ripped Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 25-year-old Canelo says, “I’m honored to be fighting a true warrior. It’s an honor, and I’m going to prepare very well because I want to win this fight.” Cotto, who is the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, says, “I’m Puerto Rican. Canelo is Mexican. The rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico is huge.”

In May 2015, the charismatic Alvarez took out James Kirkland in front of 31,000 fans with a frightening ending that featured what many have already deemed the “Knockout of the Year.” For his part, the equally charismatic Cotto seems rejuvenated under the tutelage of Freddie Roach.

The buzz is on. The heat is coming. No excuses. No bad injured shoulders. No running. This is Macho Explosivo. This is BIG. Whoever wins could land a fight with Triple G.

November 28

“I’m serious as cancer when I say, Wladimir, you’re getting knocked spark out…Take me to Germany and unleash the dog in me, and I will rip his heart out.”—Tyson Fury

“Fury is a bipolar psychopath.”—Wladimir Klitschko

The much-anticipated heavyweight world title fight between long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3) and mandatory challenger Tyson Fury postponed on September 25 has been rescheduled for November 28 and is expected to be witnessed by a live crowd of over 50,000.

The prospect of a hefty 6’9” pugilist who can box in a relaxed manner behind a solid jab and a dangerous right versus the proven 6’6” Dr. Steelhammer is something for the ages—or maybe it’s the beginning of something new in the heavyweight division, a new “new normal” if you will.

Wannabe Batman and superb showman Fury has accumulated an unbeaten record of 24-0 since making his professional debut in 2008, with 18 of those victories coming by stoppage. The politically incorrect giant has told Klitschko that it is his “mission to rid boxing of you.”

Klitschko says of Fury, “I believe I can change him in a better way as a person. I’ve done a great job as a therapist for David Haye. And David Haye became a better person after fighting me. You can join the circus after losing to me and that is a compliment because there is a difference between acting funny or being funny and being stupid. From watching the hysteria, the rolling around and changing costumes, it is in your genes, you have the talent to make people laugh. That doesn’t mean you can fight.”

Fury responded, “Call me a clown again and I will fight you here and now. Just make sure you turn up on the night. You have never fought a Gypsy king before. I cannot wait for this. I wish it was this weekend. You would be getting knocked out. You will [taste] a lot of the canvas on fight night. Nobody can help you. I’m coming to knock you spark out. You’re going to be begging for help.”

December 5

This one has old-school written all over it. WBA World middleweight champion Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1) will defend his title against fellow-Brooklyn resident Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “There is no doubt this is going to be one of the biggest fights Brooklyn has ever seen,” said Jacobs. Quillin said, “I know there is so much at stake for me—a belt and Brooklyn bragging rights. It’s going to be a night to remember for me and for all of Brooklyn.”

December 12

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect 6’6” Anthony Joshua (14-0) has predicted he will get his revenge against old nemesis Dillian Whyte (16-0) on December 12 in London, and avenge his 2009 loss to the Brixton-based bomber. “He beat me early in my amateur career with big gloves and headgear,” said Joshua. “On this occasion I’ll get rid of him. No question. This is my time.”

Whyte has taken the low road and labeled Joshua a “scumbag” and a “drug dealer from Watford.” Not surprisingly, the fight sold out in six hours.

Joshua’s ambitions extend far beyond Whyte. With an impressive win, he could well become the new Golden Boy of British heavyweight boxing.

Eddie Hearn summed up things nicely in the International Business Times.

“It’s the simplest path I’ve seen,” he said. “Nothing can stop him except beating himself and that’s not going to happen because he works too hard. He could be a complete asshole but he isn’t, his feet are firmly on the ground and he lives with his mum. David Haye talks about fighting but he wants the right payday to come back. I’ve had a couple conversations with David. He’s a sharp guy and he knows the size of the fight with Anthony. It’s one of the toughest fights out there for Anthony but we’re looking at him winning world titles so he doesn’t need to go through David Haye to get them.”

                                                                * * *

If Andre Ward wants to fiddle about trying to figure out who to fight next, and if Adonis Stevenson continues to avoid being Krushed, and if Deontay Wilder continues to avoid Povetkin, and if Khan, Thurman, Eubank, Frampton, Quigg, Porter, Groves, Pacquiao, etc. continue to ponder their next moves ever so tiresomely, well then, it’s a boxing fan’s joy to watch more decisive men step up and do their thing—in the ring.

And, oh yes, James DeGale (21-1) should beat a somewhat worn Lucien Bute (32-2) on November 28, and Terence Crawford (26-0) should dispatch Dierry Jean (29-1). But in my view, neither makes the cut as a “Best vs. the Best” affair, but at least they are staying active.

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several world and state records. He enjoys writing about boxing.

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  1. Tex Hassler 04:41pm, 10/16/2015

    It should be a truly great fight.

  2. KB 11:34am, 10/12/2015

    Swansinthesea, what does Floyd have to do with any of this? Rigo is a great cure for my inability to sleep well and also is clueless on how to market himself.

    As for Chocolatito, I have been hailing him long before most “true fans: even knew he was and/or had him confused with Kid Chocolate.

    I’m not trying to be snarky but weaving your dislike for Mayweather into this baffles me.

  3. Swansinthesea 11:24am, 10/12/2015

    What are u talking about KB? true boxing fans and not just fair weather fans, like myself have been saying since the Yaegashi Fight and before that Roman was already P4P number 1- back then. Floyd was long from his prime and had Roman been a welterweight, Floyd would have either not fought him when he was at his best or retired 3 years earlier. Rigo in my book had been in front of Floyd since the Donaire fight also. Size for Size Rigo would have beat Floyds ass late in Floyds carreer( younger floyd, maybe different story.) any ways its going to be a good night of boxing.

  4. bikermike 09:24am, 10/10/2015

    Yeah….....what Ivan Goldman said

  5. KB 11:29am, 10/09/2015

    Thanks for the link John. Rosado is in the very best position to call this fight.

  6. John aka L.L. Cool John 09:49am, 10/09/2015

  7. kb 07:32am, 10/09/2015

    nicolas, I think Arthur Abraham thinks Martin Murray. may have been ruined by GGG   AA is a very strong guy.

  8. KB 07:30am, 10/09/2015

    Nice summary Fe’Roz.

  9. nicolas 07:08am, 10/09/2015

    A lot of interest in what is ahead of us. Personally, as seen with the postponement of Klitschko-Fury in October, I think there should be on line betting for what fights actually happen. I am amazed that Arthur Abraham is defending against Martin Murray. Have been very critical of Abraham as a champion, because really, world champion? For me, even the publications out there have him ranked too high. At best I would have him at number 7 best super middleweight, not number one, two, or three. Won’t be surprised if Murray wins this.

  10. Fe'Roz 09:27pm, 10/08/2015

    With Canelo vs Cotto following GGG and Chocolatino, IMO the most impressive fighter in the professional ranks bar none, I can’t remember being this excited for an October schedule since I used to dree up for Halloween as a kid. Gennady is a pleasure and the greatest breath of fresh air to emerge on the scene since the young Pacquiao began his ascent. His ability and passion are matched and exceeded only by his desire to please the fans with his hunt, stalk and destroy Mexican style. I expect early fireworks and no matter how long it lasts, I doubt we will regret paying. Gonzalez is peerless. And Cotto, in what I belive may be the greatest career renaissance in years, is fighting a Kid who like his mentor, is willing to and takes on one challenge after another.

  11. John aka L.L. Cool John 06:43pm, 10/08/2015

    Don: Lol!
    FYI: I’ll be 61-years-old on the 19th. This week I received a packet from Social Security. Christ!
    Best of luck on the test results, KB. You’ll be on my mind. I pretty much thought were going to lose you several years ago after the brain aneurysm. Now look at you: Damn, you’re better than ever!

  12. KB 06:18pm, 10/08/2015

    Don from Prov, now it appears the cost of GGG Vs. Lemieux HBO PPV =  $49.95

    I think that’s a damm good deal compared to buying tickets.Just my opinion

  13. KB 05:44pm, 10/08/2015


  14. KB 05:44pm, 10/08/2015

    You don’t know what old is. If you knew the medical result I am waiting for as we post, you would literally sh-t. The range of what I could have runs from nana to I’ll be dammed If I know. But f—k it, I can’t stop writing. It’s a healthy catharsis and redundancy is intended

  15. Don from Prov 05:31pm, 10/08/2015


  16. Don from Prov 05:21pm, 10/08/2015

    Yes, that those are my (fond) feelings about Canelo
    I also think that $70 is too much to pay to watch a fight on televison.

    However, I am
    1) poor
    2) cheap
    3) and an old man who not only doesn’t understand the most of the shite going on in the world but has very little interest left at this point in doing so

  17. anonymous 05:15pm, 10/08/2015

    This just in:

    “By Dan Ambrose: Former world title challenger Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) will be fighting an opponent still to be determined on the December 5th Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin card on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There’s talk of a potential bout against 44-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley”.

  18. KB 05:12pm, 10/08/2015

    Nice stuff, procopy. Very balanced

  19. procopy 05:10pm, 10/08/2015

    Well maybe that’s the problem, he is a little guy. Maybe if he is a welter or a light he can make people forget about Money & Manny in no time. Viloria is a good boxer and he has a puncher’s chance of getting an upset but Chocolatito is far more superior not only in power but in skills as well. aaandd he is younger. I think Lemeiux’ puncher’s chance is better than that of Viloria’s which makes the main event more exciting or appealing for most people.

  20. KB 04:53pm, 10/08/2015

    Not this Saturday. Next Saturday,

    Next Friday at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA (PBC) (Spike TV)
    Andrzej Fonfara vs. Nathan Cleverly
    Kohei Kono vs. Koki Kameda

    Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, NY, USA (TruTV)
    Sean Monaghan vs. Don George
    Brad Solomon vs. Raymond Serrano

    Solomon has the goods and Fonfara is very rugged.

  21. John aka L.L. Cool John 04:46pm, 10/08/2015

    Yes, KB, it’s a Procol Harum cover.

    Time Warner wants $59.95 for the PPV fight this Saturday. I don’t figure it will get many buys. FYI: I’m saving up my money for a Mayweather return bout!

  22. KB 04:27pm, 10/08/2015

    I’m amazed that Roman Gonzalez getting no mention here. Pound For Pound, he is the best guy out there bar none. He has no weaknesses that I can perceive and is almost picture perfect. His fights could (and should) be used as training films. He is a stalk, stun and kill type who is very economical and very efficient.

    Old School enthusiasts rail about today’s fighters and focus on GGG and the middleweights, but seem to forget that Chocolatito and the other little guys are as good as they have even been.

    That is my rant for this thread.

  23. Your Name 04:18pm, 10/08/2015

    King Curtis - A Whiter Shade of Pale—yes a very good one indeed

  24. KB 04:16pm, 10/08/2015

    Well, Barry White could do some mean sex over the radio back in the day. Man weighed over 300 pounds but he could sure sing some sex.

    BTW, wasn’t it Procol Harum who did that song?

    And also, Tyson Fury can belt it out pretty good.

  25. John aka L.L. Cool John 04:14pm, 10/08/2015

    Oops ... Here you go, KB.

  26. John aka L.L. Cool John 04:12pm, 10/08/2015

    KB: I love this cover of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by King Curtis. The BEST sax I’ve ever heard!

  27. KB 03:38pm, 10/08/2015

    Prov,”...if Golovkin wants to remain a pay-per-view headline fighter, he’s going to have to prove that he can pull in the $69.95 or whatever for this fight from enough people to make it not just worthwhile, but obvious that he should remain in the role.”

  28. KB 03:35pm, 10/08/2015

    John. Neil Young sounds like Bruce Durn. And no, no longer my style. The guy must be older than me.

    again, I prefer modern jazz and blues. Also like Disco believe it or not.

  29. KB 03:33pm, 10/08/2015

    Don from Prov, are you saying Canelo = “willing, limited fighter”? Well, are you?

    Yes Walter, but just BIG fights

  30. John aka L.L. Cool John 01:09pm, 10/08/2015

    KB: Neil Young is in Santa Barbara this Saturday. Is he more your style?

  31. Don from Prov 10:55am, 10/08/2015


    how much is the fight going to cost?

  32. Don from Prov 10:54am, 10/08/2015

    So how much is the Golovkin fight going to coat?

    Also, just my opinion, but Canelo vs. Cotto = A well rounded aging pro of the kind that the top ten of any given division used to be filled with against a
    willing, limited fighter (who is also becoming well-rounded). 
    Would more likely call it the “good” vs. the “good.”

  33. Big Wally 10:22am, 10/08/2015


  34. KB 09:13am, 10/08/2015

    Thanks John and Bill. Jackson Brown is not my style. I recently caught Joe Bonamossa and he was awesome.

    As for GGG. I agree his opposition has not been compelling but the Canadian’s has been almost dreadful. And I can still hear the sound of GGG’s body shot on Macklin as we were about 25 rows away and it sounded like Glock 9 going off. That tells me this one will be over before you can pull out a Molson’s..

  35. John aka L.L. Cool John 09:08am, 10/08/2015

    FranklinDallas: I saw Jackson Browne in Santa Barbara a month ago . Great concert! JB was my first concert way back in 1977.
    GGG does have the best KO percentage of any middleweights in history (91- percent), however, in my opinion, his competition was weak. I saw Julian Jackson fight in person, and that guy could punch!
    Nice piece, Ted.

  36. Dollarbond 09:08am, 10/08/2015

    Ted thanks for the good schedule for the rest of the year

  37. KB 08:58am, 10/08/2015

    Point taken Ivan

  38. Ivan Goldman 08:57am, 10/08/2015

    Nice roundup. But it’s also true that fans are soured on PPV. Mayweather-Pacquiao created over 4 million dissatisfied customers.
    Ivan Goldman

  39. KB 08:46am, 10/08/2015

    FD, Exactly. Winners go on to fight other winners and start a new chain of events with maybe a few walk-overs in between. Boxing might be on the precipice of a tremendous surge of mega fights—though boxing is also noted for its documented propensity to self-destruct.

  40. FrankinDallas 08:40am, 10/08/2015

    I’m happy that the Klit-Fury fight has been moved to
    November as I’m going to a Jackson Browne concert on 24 Oct.
    I can’t wait to see Fury on the canvas, flopping around like a

    Of the rest, personally I think Cotto-Canelo has the most drama, as a
    loss by Cotto effectively ends his career, and a win by Canelo sets up a
    monster “best vs the best” bout with GGG.

  41. KB 08:34am, 10/08/2015

    Max Kellerman makes a salient point when he says these great fights lead to other great fights such as winner of Lemieux-GGG leading g to winner of Cotto-Canelo. They feed on one another in a progressively positive way.

  42. KB 07:49am, 10/08/2015

    I think you are right Bob, but the co-feature might make it all worthwhile. Gonzales is well worth the price of admission.

  43. Bob 05:36am, 10/08/2015

    While this is a good matchup on paper, it is a disgrace that it is on PPV. My guess is it will be much more one-sided than expected, and GGG will stop Lemieux within five rounds. The fight will be reminiscent of Cornelius Boza-Edwards’s dismantling of a game Johnny Verderosa in the 1980s. Too much too soon for the Canadian and not worthy of PPV.