Boxing’s New Hotbed Ready To Ignite Montreal Closing Out 2011 In Style

By William Trillo & Daniel Cloutier

One need look no further than Montreal this weekend if they want to see some very hot boxing action. With Lucian Bute defending his IBF Super Middle title against Glen Johnson and a stacked undercard featuring Pierre Olivier Cote vs.Jorge Luis-Teron along with Allan Green vs. Sebastian Demers in another 168 pound scrap.

Our man in Montreal, Daniel Cloutier attended a press conference on Monday and here is the news he got:

Today, we had a press conference with David Lemieux and Joachim Alcine at the restaurant 9-4-10 at the Bell Center. The two fighters are set to face each other on December 10th at The Bell Center.

Bernard Barré, who is just back from Guadalajara, for the Pan American Games (he is the scout of the GYM group), said, “This fight Lemieux-Alcine is one of the most important local fight in the last 40 or 50 years. Alcine is a former WBA super welterweight champion of the world, he is a good technician with a very good jab, and Lemieux is the most powerful puncher in the country. Alcine could be in danger in the first two or three rounds. But how Lemieux will react if the fight reaches round eight or none? Alcine knows that David was out of gas after five rounds against Marco Antonio Rubio on April 8th. It will a real thriller.”

Alcine said, “David is ranked third in the world by the WBC in the middleweight division, I have everything to win in fighting him. I have a lot of experience, I am more mature than I was at the time I was WBA champion of the world, and I want absolutely to get another shot for a world major title. In beating David, my name should appear in the WBC ranking at the beginning of 2012.I know that David will chase me and try to take my head off in the first three rounds, but I am prepared for that. I know that more the fight goes on the more my chances to win will improve. I am more than confident to win this fight.”

David Lemieux said, “With my new trainer, Marc Ramsay, I have improved my training system, and I know that I will not repeat the “rookie’s mistakes” I made against the Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio last spring. I have a great respect for Alcine. I was a teenager when Alcine became WBA super welterweight champion of the world in 2006, and I was one of his fans. However, I have a job to do December 10th, and I will do it. I know that Alcine is the best fighter opposed to me in pro-boxing excepting Rubio, I will have to perform well to win that bout. Don’t worry for me.”

Barré said, “We will complete the year with a spectacular show December 10th at Bell Center. Just before the Lemieux-Alcine’s fight, Adonis Stevenson will get the most important bout of his career. He will fight Aaron Pryor Jr., a very tall fighter who caused a surprise last May in California, in beating Librado Andrade. If Adonis wins clearly in this bout, he will be in position to get a world title shot or an elimination bout for a major world title next year. 2012 should be his year.”

About his trip in Guadalajara, Barré said, “In Mexico, I saw in action some talents who could fit very well in our organization. Obviously, I can not revealed names. It is very important for me to assist to Pan American Games, Olympic Games and amateur world championships, to see the best international talents in action. Two years ago, these initiatives gave me the chance to put on contract the two best Colombian fighters, Eleider Alvarez and Oscar Rivas. We want to continue to improve our team.”

Also in December GYM Promotions will put on a card in Quebec City featuring rising stars Kevin Bizier & Antonin Decarie in separate fights.

In other news involving Montreal based fighters it was reported this week that Renan St. Juste would travel to California in December to take on Anrhony Dirrell. Having had the privilege to cover both fighters multiple times from ringside I immediately thought, “Dirrell is gonna destroy this guy!”

As it turns out word is spreading up north as Cloutier revealed, “Renan St-Juste’s manager told me yesterday there a strong possibility that Renan could fight in December in Los Angeles.”

Anthony has been living in the ever fading shadow of his brother Andre for years now. I predict before 2012 is over most of us won’t even remember Andre but instead will be looking forward to seeing Anthony in the ring.

Unlike his brother, this Dirrell fights, that’s why they call him “The Dog.”

Watch him rise in 2012.

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2 Responses to “Boxing’s New Hotbed Ready To Ignite Montreal Closing Out 2011 In Style”

  1. David McGarry says:

    It should be a fairly routine defence for Bute. Johnson always tries very hard, but he’s reached the stage where he can’t keep up the pressure for 12 rounds.

    Lemieux has a new trainer. That’s the best possible time for his opponent to be fighting him.

  2. William says:


    I know it’s a long shot but I am truly pulling for Demers who was brutally KO’s by St. Juste. I expect Renan will get his when he meets Dirrell…the Anthony version.