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Golovkin’s Trainer: Stevens Bigger Puncher Than Lemieux

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – David Lemieux has knocked out 86 percent of his professional opponents, but Abel Sanchez doesn’t believe the hard-hitting Lemieux will be the biggest puncher Gennady Golovkin has faced.

Golovkin’s trainer thinks Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs), whom Kazakhstan’s Golovkin stopped after eight rounds in November 2013, is a more dangerous puncher than Montreal’s Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs).

“In my opinion, Curtis is a harder puncher,” Sanchez said Tuesday before the Golovkin-Lemieux press conference at Madison Square Garden. “Curtis was a harder puncher because he’s a snappy puncher. David is more of a George Foreman, thudding kind of puncher. You have to be standing in front of him, with your hands down, for David to hurt you. But Curtis was very sharp and very quick. So, to me, Curtis was a bigger puncher.”

That doesn’t mean, though, that Lemieux can’t hurt the heavily favored Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) when they fight for Lemieux’s IBF middleweight championship and Golovkin’s interim WBC 160-pound crown Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden (HBO Pay-Per-View; $59.95 in HD).

“Everybody that gets hit with a good shot from a good fighter at this level is going to get hurt,” Sanchez said. “It just depends on how you react to it – your conditioning, your history in fights, as far as what you’ve experienced. Anybody can get hurt – it doesn’t matter who you are.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Swatty on 08-19-2015

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;15978036]Agreed. Curtis just plods forward behind his guard, barely jabs, no setup. It's why he gets outboxed by Brinkley, N'Dam, and Tureano Johnson. Even Findley was beating him. David is far more active and puts crazy pressure on his opponents.…

Comment by sacraman on 08-19-2015

GGG should fire Sanchez. Doesn"t need that kind of crap to sell the fight.

Comment by Thutch2412 on 08-19-2015

Lemieux can crack, but GGG has the overall better skill set that will be able to offset anything Lemieux does. Man just watching Lemieux, he's a good banger, that's about it, only comes forward, throw a stiff jab in his…

Comment by SalimShady1212 on 08-19-2015

Abel is a master troll. If you want to let Lemieux hit you on the chin like Midget Stevens did, bring your pyjamas with you. For the record, I have GGG KO in 7.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 08-19-2015

[QUOTE=BertoRollin';15978011]After reading his quote I agree. I don't think Lemieux's power will be a factor at all in this fight. GGG should have an easy time with him because he is superior in every aspect of the game.[/QUOTE] You'll be…

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