Fresh off of capturing his first world title, middleweight slugger David Lemieux will put it all on the line against knockout artist Gennady Golovkin on Oct. 17.
Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) will square off with Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in the main event of a pay-per-view broadcast from New York's Madison Square Garden.
The Montreal native, who outpointed former titlist Hassan N'Dam in June to claim a vacant 160-pound title, answers the first of a series of questions leading up to fight night:
Are you ready for GGG? Which fight in your career best prepared you for the challenges you will face against Golovkin?
"I am absolutely ready for Golovkin. There is not a single doubt in my mind, and I would not have taken the fight if there was.
"I think that my last fight against Hassan N'Dam is the one that prepared me the best for this championship fight. It was a major fight, a championship fight as well, and I delivered a great performance. I also showed that I could perform well and achieve great things under pressure. I have an experienced team behind me, we have all the tools and the experience needed to get me in the best shape that I can be in the ring on Oct. 17. My preparation for N'Dam went extremely well, we had a great camp and I was ready physically and mentally the day of the fight, and I proved that with my performance. We will use the same recipe.
"This is my next step, a big one, but one that I am definitely ready for. I honestly think that I'm the best chosen opponent to beat Golovkin now because of the boxer that I am, physically and mentally, but mostly because of my character, my strength of character."