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Golovkin vs Lemieux reportedly set for October 17 at Madison Square Garden

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Gennady Golovkin will get his first pay-per-view headline spot against David Lemieux in October.

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Gennady Golovkin isn't known for spending much time on the sidelines, and it looks as though he'll be back in action soon, facing hard-punching David Lemieux in an HBO pay-per-view main event from Madison Square Garden on October 17.

Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO) will be headlining his first pay-per-view, perhaps a bit ahead of what he might have liked to do for a first PPV fight, which would have been, one can assume, against a top star like Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, or even Floyd Mayweather. But the 33-year-old Kazakh crusher has proven himself a reliable entertainment option, and against someone as dangerous a puncher as Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO), the fight should sell itself at least to hardcore fans who won't want to miss anything Golovkin does live as it happens.

This won't be a blockbuster event or anything -- no one's going to look for this to reach seven figures in pay-per-view sales, or even half of that. But it's a decent chance to test the waters on what Golovkin may be able to sell on his own, too. If he can do a solid number, he may seem more attractive to, say, the Cotto-Canelo winner.

Golovkin is coming off of a win over Willie Monroe Jr, which electrified a hot crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and he's become a steady live attraction, winning over a large number of Mexican fans with his "Mexican style," not to mention a large number of fans in general simply because he's an exciting and likable fighter. Lemieux, 26, last fought on June 20 in Montreal, beating Hassan N'dam over 12 rounds to win the vacant IBF title. That belt along with Golovkin's WBA title will be on the line, as well as GGG's WBC interim and IBO belts.

Will you be buying?