Photos: Golovkin & Chocolatito Rack Up Technical KO Wins In Front of Sold Out Madison Square Garden Crowd

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Photo Credit Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions

NEW YORK, NY (October 18, 2015) –  In the highly anticipated main event on Saturday night, WBA/IBO and WBC “Interim” World ChampionGennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) added the IBF Middleweight Title to his collection with an exhilarating performance against former IBF Middleweight World Champion, David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs), culminating in an eighth round technical knockout victory on Saturday, October 17, at Madison Square Garden with a sold out crowed of 20, 548 fight fans.  

 

Golovkin, showed his offensive and defensive prowess in the ring against the valiant Lemieux and dropped Lemieux in round five and ended the night with a battering display in the eighth round earning the stoppage at the 1:32 mark.

 

“I feel great, it was a great fight, I felt his power, but I was strong tonight and my punches hurt him. He is a great champion and I’m glad to beat him,” said Golovkin. “I want all the belts, now I have two. The winner of Cotto-Canelo for sure will be next. I’m not sure who will win that fight, but I want to fight the winner next. I’m staying at 160 until I have all the belts.”

 

“I feel like the referee called the fight too early. I am fine,” said Lemieux. “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.”

 

“Gennady showed tonight why he’s at the top of the sport,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “Unifying the middleweight titles as he did tonight in spectacular fashion at a sold-out Madison Square Garden showed his prowess in the ring and marketability outside.”

 

“It was too early to stop the fight,” said Camille Estephan, Manager to David Lemieux. “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.”

 

“Today was a great night of boxing,” said Bernard Hopkins, Future Hall Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner. “David did a great job and put on a great performance.  But today Golovkin was better and proved that he deserves to be the unified middleweight champion.”

“I had to do something,” said the referee Esteves Willies. “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. I gave him every chance I could and I still hesitated too much. It was over.”

 

Consensus Pound-For Pound #1 Fighter in the Sport, WBC Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 37 KOs) earned a ninth round technical knockout over former two-division world champion flyweight Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-5, 22 KOs). Gonzalez knocked Viloria down in round three and punished him until the bout was halted at 2:53 of round nine

 

“I was in great shape, my conditioning was terrific, we trained very hard in Costa Rica and had great sparring,” said Gonzalez. “Brian is a great champion, but tonight I was the better man. Thanks to HBO, Mr. Honda and K2 Promotions. I fight for the people of Nicaragua and this is their victory.”

 

“Roman is a tremendous fighter,” said Viloria. “I have nothing but respect for him. I had prepared for a different Roman and he surprised me with his defense and his speed. I do feel like the fight was stopped prematurely, I feel good and can keep going. If I had an opportunity to take him on again I would. I feel like I learned a lot today and would use that for the next time around.”

Undefeated heavyweight Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over Matias Ariel “El Matador” Vidondo (20-2-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Interim Heavyweight World Title. Ortiz dropped Vidondo in round two and finished him with another knockdown in the third stanza.

“I deserve this win and deserve to fight the best,” said Ortiz. “Vidondo did hit hard but he wasn’t good enough to face me. Everyone can see that I dominated the fight. I want to fight the best and I want Golden Boy Promotions to keep its promise and get me the best. I am ready for Klitschko, I know he is running from me.  I am going to come after him. I am just ready to become the heavyweight champion of the world.”

In an IBF World Title Eliminator Middleweight Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Eamonn “King Kane” O’Kane (14-2-1, 5 KOs). Johnson dropped O’Kane twice in the first, but was forced to go the full twelve. Scores were 118-108, 117-109, 119-107.

“This is my first time going 12-round and man does it feel good,” said Johnson. “It was a tough fight, no matter how many times O’kane went down he kept coming at me. I have respect for him as a fighter.  Winning this title eliminator really makes everything for me come full circle and legitimizes me as a true threat in the middleweight division. You know this was a great fight that everyone enjoyed a true brawl, very Mexican Style.  This is the beginning for me, the sky is the limit.”

In a four round welterweight clash, Golovkin training partner, Ruslan Madiyev, (6-1, 3 KO’s) of Karanganda, Kazahkstan, was dominant in a unanimous decision over Sean Gee (2-3) of Chicago, IL. Scores were 40-35 x 2 and 39-36.

 

“I’m very happy with my performance, it was an honor to fight on such a big card here at Madison Square Garden,” said Madiyev. “He was a little awkward but I was able to figure him and win the fight. Thanks very much to Gennady for having me on his card. I look forward to fighting again as soon as possible.”

 

Lamont Roach Jr. (9-0, 3 KO’s) of Washington D.C. looked dominant in a six round decision (59-55 x 3) over Jose Bustos, 7-6-3 (4 KO’s), of Ciudad Juarez, MX.

Stated Roach after the fight, “Bustos came to fight. He was not backing down throughout the fight but I did not feel threatened by him. I feel like I dominated the fight and was giving him my all. I wanted to end the fight impressively via knock out but he has a strong jaw. This is my last six-rounder and will move up to eight rounds in my next fight, very excited to go there.”

In the exciting ten-round opening bout of the event. Maurice Hooker, (19-0-3, 14KO’s) of Dallas, TX won the NABO Jr. Welterweight Title against former champion Ghislain Maduma, (17-2, 11KO’s) of Montreal, Canada, by split decision (95-93, 95-94 and 93-95). The battle featured excellent two-way action and had the early arriving crowd cheering throughout.  

 

Said Hooker, “I think the fight went at good pace and Maduma was a good fighter. He came prepared to fight.  I knew I had him from the first round when I hit him with my left.  By the fourth round, I grew confident that I was in the lead once I dropped him.  I feel that I am ready for a bigger fight and feel confident I can make a statement at 140 pounds. I would love a shot at any of the Golden Boy Promotions fighter at 140 pounds, like Antonio Orozco, I can take him.”

 

Golovkin vs. Lemieux was presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with GGG Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management and was sponsored by Corona Extra, BI Group and Tsesnabank. The event took place on Saturday, October 17 from Madison Square Garden and was be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

 

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Photos/Quotes: Gennady Golovkin & Brian Viloria Media Workout

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Photos by Chris Farina, K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 7, 2015)Boxing Superstar and WBA, IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (33-0, 30KOs), Four-Time World Champion in two weight divisions, Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (36-4 (22KOs) and top junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Madiyev, 5-1-0 (3KOs) held media workouts for a huge gathering of local press on Tuesday afternoon at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California.

Golovkin, (33-0, 30KOs), will battle IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux, (34-2, 31KOs) in a Middleweight World Championship Title Unification bout on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the “Mecca of Boxing”Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View. Golovkin has knocked out an astounding 20 opponents in a row and will be making his 15th world championship defense. His 91% knockout percentage is the highest in the history of the middleweight division.

In the highly anticipated televised co-feature, Viloria, (36-4, 22KOs), will challenge Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter and WBC Flyweight World Champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (43-0, 37KOs). A duel citizen of the United States and the Philippines, Viloria also represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics. He has previously held world titles in the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions.

 

Top junior welterweight prospect,Ruslan Madiyev, (5-1-0, 3KO’s) will also be fighting in a scheduled four round bout against an opponent to be announced. The 21-year-old Madiyev is trained by the renownedAbel Sanchez alongside Golovkin in Big Bear Lake, California.

 

Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say:

 

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, WBA, IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion:

 

“Training camp is a little bit new, a little bit different, not like any of the others.  New ideas and new strategies and it’s very interesting.  We have different sparring partners because of his style.”

 

“Lemieux is a champion and he feels like a champion and this is a unification fight.  I think he is ready for a unification fight and he understands the situation.  He is smarter now because of his experience in his recent fights.” 

 

“Right now he feels better because he has a stronger team.  He gets to talk with Oscar and Bernard.  Bernard tells him, I remember my fight at Madison Square Garden against Tito.  Right now he is acting like a star – I see the videos –  and of course he is a star.” 

  

“Madison Square Garden is a beautiful place with a beautiful team and I have a lot of respect for that place.  HBO Pay-per-view is the last step – it is the top.”

 

“This is going to be like a street fight.  He has a good style – almost like amateur style.  I will beat any style – amateur style or brawl style.  He will be a good test for me.”

 

You have a strong chin?

 

“Yes, and I thank my parents for my strong chin.  Lemieux will be a test for my chin.  But it’s not just my chin.  It is distance and discipline, timing and style.”

 

“I am a regular guy.  I am a regular man.  (The power) also comes from my parents.  This is boxing.  It’s not just because I have power.  Power comes from every step, timing, it’s the style where every second is important and I give credit to Abel Sanchez and my team.”

 

“Every fight is different and every fight is difficult.  This is a big step, but first it is a big test and everyone understands that this step is much bigger.”

 

(Cotto or Canelo next?)

 

“It doesn’t matter and I don’t think about it.  For me?  Whoever is number one.  I want all of the belts in the middleweight division and I will fight whoever is number one and it doesn’t matter who it is.  I don’t like business.  I like old school – who is number one?”

 

“I think this fight is more technical for me, and maybe for him too.”

 

“It is very interesting for me because right now he is a star.  With power alone, he could go maybe three or four rounds with me.  If he boxes he could go twelve rounds.  Every second is very important – every round – every step.”

 

(Does his knockout strength mean anything to you?)

 

“I don’t know.  Maybe.”

 

“He has his style.  I like my style and my work.”

 

“I love my life.  I am happy.  My wife is happy.  My son goes to school and he is happy.  I have a car.  Three or four Rolls Royce or Bentley?  For what?”

 

BRIAN “HAWAIIAN PUNCH” VILORIA, Former Four-Time World Champion in Two Weight Divisions:

 

 “I want it more. I have preparing myself for this type of event, I have been wanting this for this so long.  I have so much more fire now.”

 

“The styles make the fights, a lot of people know that it is going to be an action packed fight and a lot of people gravitate towards that.”

 

 “Finally, we have been wanting this fight for the past two years and to finally have it here, it is exciting.”

 

 “I have never seen a guy to take it to him and I feel like I will be that fighter that will step up to him.”

 

“Can’t wait. I am prepared and I want time to move faster. I am mentally, physically ready for this fight and ready to show the world what can happen.”

 

 “This is going to be the best Viloria that people have ever seen.”

 

 ABEL SANCHEZ, Head Trainer to Gennady Golovkin:

 

 “This preparation has been different. Finally, he has gotten someone who he considers as a threat. Someone that he feels will give him a fight for as long as it lasts.” 

 

 “All the great fighters have been hurt and if that happens how is he going to react? But I am confident that it won’t go twelve, he is going to go down as one of the best punchers and best middleweights ever.”

 

 TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 Promotions:

 

 “It has been a great camp. Sparring has been going along well. This is the biggest fight and biggest puncher of his career and it’s two champions fighting each other, that is why people and the media are gravitating towards this fight.”

 

 “He has been training hard with Abel and focused on sparring making sure he is ready for a power puncher like Lemieux. ”

 

 RUSLAN MADIYEV, Welterweight Prospect:

 

 “Training has been going well, I have been training with Gennady for the past year as part of my training camp.”

 

 “There is a lot of intensity a whole different workout.  I have grown a lot technically but also feel a lot stronger.”

 

 “It is a dream come true to fight at Madison Square Garden and I am going to show all the fans an exciting fight.”

Golovkin vs. Lemieux is presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with GGG Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management. The event will take place Saturday, October 17 from Madison Square Garden and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. ET and the first fight begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.  

 

Tickets for GOLOVKIN vs. LEMIEUXare on sale now and priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and can purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online atwww.ticketmaster.com orwww.thegarden.com.

 

For more information visit,www.k2promos.com,www.goldenboypromotions.com,www.gggboxing.com,www.eottm.com,www.thegarden.com,www.hboboxing.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @TomLoeffler1, @GoldenBoyBoxing, @GGGBoxing, @LemieuxBoxing, @ChocolatitoBox, @BrianViloria and @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing,www.facebook.com/GGGBoxing,www.facebook.com/EyeofTheTigerManagement andwww.facebook.com/HBOBoxing and join the conversation using #GolovkinLemieux.

BoxNation Secures Live Rights to Top Rank’s Viloria vs Estrada & Donaire vs Rigondeaux

The Channel of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) is delighted to announce that it has secured the LIVE broadcast rights for a further two massive Top Rank World Championship boxing events this month.
 
BoxNation will break new ground when it televises LIVE the first ever world title fight from Macao S.A.R, China, this Saturday (6th April).  An action-packed double-world title show from the CotaiArena features exciting WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion Roman Martinez defending his title against Diego Magdaleno, plus WBO/WBA World Flyweight Champion Brian Viloria putting both titles on the line against Juan Francisco Estrada.  The night’s special attraction features China’s top amateur boxer, Zou Shiming, the double Olympic Gold Medalist, who will make history when he becomes the country’s first ever boxer to turn professional. Coverage starts on BoxNation from 2.30am on Sunday 7th April.
 
Then the following week, on Saturday 13th April, the action switches to the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York for LIVE coverage of the explosive unification showdown between WBO World Super-Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire and undefeated WBA World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in one of the most highly anticipated fights of this year. Coverage starts on BoxNation from 2am on Sunday 14th April.
 
Last month BoxNation televised two Top Rank events with both main event fights already being heralded as Fight of the Year contenders: WBO World Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley’s thriller against Ruslan Provodnikov and last Saturday nights edge-of-your-seat fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado.
 
The addition of both marquee events further solidifies BoxNation’s position as the best boxing channel in the UK with an unrivaled schedule that features world title action in the coming weeks with the world’s best fighters: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Amir Khan, Sergio Martinez and Nathan Cleverly.