The upcoming clash between knockout artists Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux now has four televised bouts.
In addition to the previously-announced Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria and Luis Ortiz vs. Matias Vidondo, the broadcast will also include the IBF title eliminator between former Olympian Tureano Johnson and Ireland's Eamonn O'Kane, according to an HBO press release.
Lemieux's IBF belt will be on the line in the main event, as will Golovkin's IBO, WBA "Super," and Interim WBC titles. I don't understand the logistics either.
Johnson (18-1, 13 KO), who represented the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympics, would likely be quite a bit higher in the rankings were it not for a controversial stoppage loss to Curtis Stevens in a fight he was clearly winning. He's won four straight since, though not against anyone of note. In that span, he picked up the WBC "Continental Americas" belt, the WBC "Silver" title, and the WBA "International" title.
O'Kane (14-1-1, 5 KO) will be fighting outside the U.K. for the first time in his career. The 33-year-old has earned the IBF "Intercontinental" belt and the Irish middleweight belt, plus the WBC "International Silver" title.
My reaction to learning of all those titles can be summarized thusly.
The idea of one of these two fighting Golovkin or Lemieux is...not very appealing, so here's hoping the ludicrous world of alphabet politics can foul that right up. Maybe those powers can be used for good.