By Arvin Nundloll and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a highly anticipated WBA/IBF middleweight unification showdown, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday inside a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City. Golovkin was in command from the beginning, punishing Lemieux with almost everything he threw. GGG scored a knockdown when Lemieux took a knee in round five, then hit him when he was down. No foul was called by referee Steve Willis. The beating was finally waved off in round eight. Time was 1:32.
Undefeated WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former two-division world champion and 2000 U.S. Olympian flyweight Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-5, 22 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Viloria in round three and punished him until the bout was halted at 2:53 of round nine. Game effort by Viloria, but Chocolatito was too much.
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 round three. Time was :17.
Middleweight Tureano Johnson (19-1, 13 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Eamonn “King Kane” O’Kane (14-2-1, 5 KOs) in an IBF world title eliminator. Johnson dropped O’Kane twice in round one, but was forced to go the full twelve. Scores were 118-108, 117-109, 119-107.