Today, Saturday, October 17th, Bloody Elbow presents fight coverage of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Golovkin vs. Lemieux airs live on HBO PPV tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage, including round by round results and discussion, right here.
This is not a high-budget, extravagant PPV that is prevalent in Mayweather and Pacquiao PPVs. It's Golovkin's (33-0, 30 KOs) debut on the platform and he's sold out the famed Manhattan arena, and his fan-friendly style has seen his bandwagon get considerably bigger. In his path is Canada's Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), who is a heavy underdog mostly because of how dominant Golovkin has been, much like Ronda Rousey is against any opponent she's faced in the UFC.
Before the main event, the card will feature flyweight champion (and arguable #1 P4P fighter in all of boxing) Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs), who faces veteran former champ Brian Viloria (36-2, 22 KOs) in a dynamite co-main event. Meanwhile, undefeated heavyweight Luis Ortiz (22-0, 2 NCs; 19 KOs) faces Matias Ariel Vidondo (20-1-1, 18 KOs) in a matchup of Cuba vs. Argentina. Opening the broadcast is an IBF middleweight #1 contender bout between Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) and Ireland's Eamonn O'Kane (14-1-1, 5 KOs).
There will be play-by-play of the two title fights on the card: Golovkin vs. Lemieux and Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria. The other two undercard bouts will have a results update, but will have live-tweet coverage on the Bloody Elbow Twitter account.
Tureano Johnson def. Eamonn O'Kane via unanimous decision (119-107, 117-109, 118-108) - Middleweights
Luis Ortiz def. Marias Ariel Vidondo via KO at :17 round 3 - Heavyweights
WBC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: ROMAN GONZALEZ (c) VS. BRIAN VILORIA ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS:
Round 1 - Viloria comes out aggressively. Misses with a jab and a right hand. Chants of "Gonzalez" go around MSG. Gonzalez not really doing much in the early going. But now he comes forward and clips Viloria with a right hand. Then doubles up on the left hook. Viloria pumps the jab out and then misses a right. A right cross tags Gonzalez. Roman closes the round strongly but I score it 10-9 Viloria.
Round 2 - Two left hooks blocked by Gonzalez, who still has really yet to get going offensively. Gonzalez with a ripping left to the body as he starts to open up. And another body shot. Viloria lands a jab. Good uppercut by Viloria with 30 seconds to go. Another good left upstairs and then a glancing body blow. 10-9 Viloria and 20-18 Viloria.
Round 3 - Gonzalez goes on the offensive early and connects with a solid combination finished off with a right hand. And then a right hand counter puts Viloria on the canvas! Gorgeous uppercut combination by Gonzalez. Viloria is getting tagged repeatedly. Right hand to the temple by the champion. Viloria appears to be somewhat recovered. Digs to the body but Gonzalez fires back with several uppercuts and body shots. My goodness Roman is so accurate. 10-8 Gonzalez and 28-28 even
Round 4 - Quick right from Viloria. Gonzalez with a pawing jab. Gonzalez with 7 punches thrown and I think 3 landed. Viloria now comes back and gets in some good shots on Gonzalez, who momentarily backs up. Great combination by Gonzalez buzzes Viloria. Solid left hook to the body by Viloria. And now Gonzalez blitz Viloria and jars his head around but Viloria answers back. Lightning quick left hook and then a right to the side of the head. Gonzalez eats a few body shots to end round 4. 10-9 Gonzalez and 38-37 Gonzalez
Round 5 - Gonzalez pressuring Viloria more in the 5th. Blinding speed and accuracy at work again as Viloria eats a crunching right hand. Viloria is getting worked so far in this round. Gonzalez is ruthless. He's stringing together ridiculous combinations but isn't quite able to get Viloria seriously hurt. Viloria's output has decreased considerably. Right hand, another right, then to the body goes Gonzalez. Viloria connects on a left uppercut but Gonzalez finishes the round with a slew of solid punches to put him up another round. 10-9 Gonzalez and 48-46 Gonzalez
Round 6 - More slick work by Gonzalez in the opening minute. Every Viloria punch is answered by 6-7 or more by Gonzalez. Viloria with a blocked right hand in the center of the ring. Another slew of uppercuts and sharp punches are taken by Viloria. Gonzalez with more shots. He's beating him around the ring. Viloria answers with a left hook. Gonzalez won't stop punching. Another Gonzalez round. 10-9 Gonzalez and 58-55 Gonzalez
Round 7 - Viloria starts out nicely but Gonzalez again gets to business. His workrate is astounding and now he's hurt Viloria with a right hand. A counter-right smacks Viloria again. Gonzalez is a machine and he's punching much faster than I'm capable of typing. SEVEN punch combination with everything landed. Viloria getting in some shots in the center of the ring but Gonzalez responds well. Fires away the uppercuts. 10-9 Gonzalez and 68-64 Gonzalez
Round 8 - Still all Gonzalez and things aren't getting any better for Viloria, who isn't doing badly, he's just completely been outclassed by this dynamo. Short left hooks and looping right hands by Gonzalez. Viloria just can't handle Gonzalez's speed and timing. Great left uppercut on the inside by the champion. Jab and then body for Gonzalez. Straight right hand. Left hook to the body. It's almost like practice for Gonzalez. Good attack from Gonzalez against the ropes. Viloria comes forward with a good right. 10-9 Gonzalez and 78-73 Gonzalez
Round 9 - Doctor checked in on Viloria after a rough round 8. The fight continues and it's more of the same from Gonzalez. Lovely right hand and then a lightning combination by Gonzalez. Viloria is throwing but his punches are slower and they lack the snap that Gonzalez has. Jab by Gonzalez. Quick three punches and another right by Gonzalez. Viloria is a gamer, and he's only been stopped once in his career. Gonzalez is as fresh in round 9 as he was in round 3. Downstairs and upstairs for Gonzalez. Viloria gets hurt in the corner. And the ref has stopped it after an onslaught of unanswered punches! Really can't argue against it.
Official result: Roman Gonzalez def. Brian Viloria via TKO at 2:53 of round 9 to remain WBC Flyweight champion
WBA AND IBF MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. DAVID LEMIEUX ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS:
Round 1 - They both take to the center of the ring. Both men jab. LOUD Golovkin chants. GENN-A-DY! GENN-A-DY! Not much action in the opening minute. Golovkin pops out his jab. Lemieux misses with the right. No big shots landed by either man. Golovkin misses the left hook. Right hand over the top by Golovkin. Stalking him with the jab. Nearly got in his big right hand. Lemieux scores with a jab. It's a 10-9 Golovkin round
Round 2 - Jab and a right hand by Golovkin. They're more aggressive this round. Stiff left hand by Golovkin. Another stiff jab by GGG. He's really finding a home for that early on. Just misses with the left hook. But not the jab. Lemieux is looking anything but comfortable. Beautiful right hand is partially blocked buy it gets oohs and aahs from the crowd. Lemieux is whiffing. Golovkin goes to the body. And a hard right hand buckles Lemieux's legs momentarily. Lemieux ducks out of a right hand but then eats some more jabs. Then a straight right. 10-9 GGG and 20-18 Golovkin
Round 3 - A couple of jabs by Golovkin to continue the early theme. There's a right hand by Lemieux as GGG tired to back away. He's starting to come forward and gets a glancing blow in . But Golovkin goes to the body. Then jabs again. Hard left hook by Golovkin with Lemieux's back near the ropes. Body shot and left hook upstairs. It's a boxing clinic by GGG. Now he's stalking Lemieux, walking him down, and is up 3 rounds. 30-27 Golovkin
Round 4 - Lemieux actually jabs a bit and tags GGG. Golovkin fires a right hand. Their heads nearly clash. Golovkin evades Lemieux's attack. It's a patient round for GGG. Another jab by Golovkin. Whopper of a left hook. And another left. Golovkin attacks. Another left hook! Golovkin is battering him. Lemieux is in trouble. Crowd is on its feet. Lemieux seems to have recovered. Another sharp jab from GGG. Lemieux has no answers. 10-9 Golovkin and 40-36 Golovkin
Round 5 - Uppercut by Golovkin. The chants continue. Another pinpoint accurate jab by GGG. Lemieux goes with a body jab. Uppercut tags Lemieux. Right hand lands on Golovkin. Body shot and then a head shot by GGG. Jab again. Combination and a body shot! Left hook to the body drops Lemieux. He gets up with 5 seconds left. Golovkin attacks and the round ends. 50-44 Golovkin
Round 6 - Lemieux with a right hand early. He's under the gun. Right hand hurts Lemieux. Golovkin turning up the heat. Great jab by Lemieux. Right hand sneaks around the guard. Lemieux is getting bullied. Golovkin is like a predator at work. Left hook by Lemieux is blocked. Wild right hand whiffs. Wicked right hand by Golovkin. Another body shot. Then a right hand by Golovkin. Lemieux is able to tag Golovkin but GGG has a granite chin. 10-9 Golovkin and 60-53 Golovkin
Round 7 - Golovkin going back to the jab based attack. Time is called and Lemieux has his nose looked on. The fight resumes and Lemieux gets punched more. Good right by Lemieux. Hard right hand hurts Lemieux. Another right hand. Ref taking a close look at Lemieux. Body shot by GGG. The round ends after Golovkin beats him up some more. 10-9 Golovkin and 70-62 Golovkin
Round 8 - Lemieux is trying to do something. Golovkin with a jab. And a right hand. Body shot by Golovkin. And another. Huge right hand. Golovkin attacking. Two left hands. More jabs. Right hand. Lemieux is badly hurt and looking at the ref. Golovkin has systematically beaten him down and the referee has called it. It's over.
Official result: Gennady Golovkin def. David Lemieux via TKO at 1:27 of round 8