As he had done 21 times previously in his unbeaten career, Gennady Golovkin delighted the Madison Square Garden crowd with an eighth round finish of David Lemieux Saturday night.
In front of Donald Trump and other celebrities, Golovkin unified the WBA (Super), IBF, IBO and WBC interim middleweight belts with the win.
The victory marked the 21st consecutive time Golovkin (34-0) has earned a finish. He was fighting in New York City for the first time since a 2014 victory over Daniel Geale.
With the win, Golovkin earned his 15th title defense, moving past Carlos Monzon for second-most in the middleweight division. It was the first time he fought on HBO pay-per-view, and it was just the third loss in the career of Lemieux (34-3).
Overall, “GGG” landed 280 of the 549 punches he threw, while Lemieux connected on just 89 of 335. Golovin earned $2 million-plus for the performance.
Next up for Golovkin will be the winner of Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez thanks to his acquiring the interim title.
In the night’s co-main event, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez earned a victory over Brian Viloria to retain his flyweight title.
Also, Luis Ortiz moved to 23-0 with a knockout of Matias Ariel Vidondo to win the interim heavyweight title, Tureano Johnson defeated Eamonn O’Kane, Maurice Hooker topped Ghislain Maduma, Lamont Roach, Jr. defeated Jose Bustos and Ruslan Madiev topped Abel Sanchez.
Check out highlights of the two fights in the video below: