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Sanchez: Golovkin stops Lemieux in four rounds

Trainer Abel Sanchez breaks down how he sees Gennady Golovkin's fight with David Lemieux unfolding. Spoiler Alert: He predicts an early knockout.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Abel Sanchez is supremely confident in his fighter Gennady Golovkin heading into his fight PPV clash against David Lemiuex. Besides, what else does 20 consecutive knockouts breed if not confidence? So speaking to On The Ropes Boxing Radio, Abel Sanchez outlines how he perceives this match-up playing itself out.

"I think that both guys at the beginning will be aware of each other. I think by the time the second round comes around, I think Golovkin will have established his jab and will be pot shotting Lemieux. In the third round, I think they have a good round between the both of them and in the fourth round Golovkin knocks him out."

It's hard for me to voice any real disagreement with Sanchez here. As I see it, it's only a matter of time before Golovkin and Lemiuex begin trading, and that's likely to happen sooner than later given their styles. Ultimately, though, I think Gennady is just better equipped and prepared to handle Lemieux's firepower than vice versa, so I envision two men swinging, and one man falling - with that one man being Lemieux.

But it's not as if Lemieux isn't bringing anything to the table, though. He's a terrific puncher who can inflict real damage, and should Gennady 'allow' himself to get hit (for the sake of entertaining the fans as he says he's done in past fights), he could be peeling himself off the deck instead.

Tell me fans, how many rounds does this fight go?

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