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Gennady Golovkin will meet David Lemieux in a three-belt middleweight title unification bout Oct. 17 in New York. Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, announced the matchup Saturday.The 160-pound champions will meet on an HBO pay-per-view telecast at Madison Square Garden.
There had been suggestions that Golovkin could drop down to light-middleweight to take on Floyd Mayweather or move up a division to tackle super-middleweight star Andre Ward, but he has opted for the 160-pound showdown with Lemieux.
Kazakh fighter Golovkin, who is unbeaten in 33 fights with 30 knockouts, holds the WBA belt and the WBC interim belt, while Canadian Lemieux is the IBF middleweight champion.
Golovkin is among the world’s most dominant boxers with 20 straight stoppage victories over the past seven years. The Kazakh fighter who lives in Los Angeles has struggled to tempt big-name boxers into the ring with him while he attempts to unify the four major middleweight titles.
Lemieux also is on a roll with nine straight dominant victories. He won the IBF title in June.