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Bernard Barré: "I Am Positive That Lemieux Will Win By KO Before The End Of The Fifth Round"

By Daniel Cloutier

VERONA, New York — The man who recruited David Lemieux for the GYM Group in 2007, Bernard Barré, believes that his first draft choic» that year is gonna win by KO or TKO Saturday evening in the ring of the Turning Stone Casino, in Verona, New York.

Lemieux (36-3-0), who left the GYM Group to sign with Golden Boy Promotions in December 2014, will face the New Yorker Curtis Stevens (29-5-0) Saturday evening in a WBC middleweight (160 pounds) Americas Continental championship and a WBO Intercontinental championship. It will be the main event of a HBO After Dark boxing show.

“I got the chance to see Curtis Stevens in action few times, than, I have a pretty good idea of his plan’s fight for Saturday,” said Barré, who is used frequently by the Montreal TV to analyze fights. “My prediction? Stevens will attack furiously Lemieux in the thirst two rounds, and this strategy going to turn against himself. I am sure Lemieux will hurt him with solid body and head shots, and Stevens will be soon in serious trouble. I really think that Lemieux gonna win this bout by KO or TKO before the end of the fifth round.”

Barré agrees with Lemieux, who believes that Stevens is loosing his calm and concentration when the opponent connected him with power shots. “Yes, Stevens has the tendency to commit technical mistakes when a rival his connecting him with good power shots,” said Barré. “And when you face a natural destructive puncher like David Lemieux, it’s impossible to avoid power shots. With his left hooks or power right hand, David can hurt everybody or almost everybody.”

Barré has been not surprised at all when Lemieux said he is determinated to become back world champion in the months to come. “Lemieux was IBF middleweight champion of the world in 2015, and i am sure he will do everything possible to become back world champion in the months to come. Since his tough defeat against Gennady Golovkin (TKO in the eight round in October 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York), a lost which cost him the IBF world title, David improved substantially his technique in defence, and he is a fighter more mature than ever. No doubt he will be a fighter to watch this year and next year on the international boxing scene. I am very impatient to see him in action at the Turning Stone Casino. Like I said, I am expecting great action in the first rounds, but more the fight will progress, more the Lemieux’s domination will be clear. I will be more than surprised if Stevens still on his legs after five rounds.”

Camille Estephan, the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group and the Lemieux’s manager, said: “David is extremely motivated to face the biggest names of the middleweight division this year and next year, then, he knows he cannot afford a lost against Curtis Stevens. I am sure he will fight with a great determination from the first to the last bell Saturday evening. The fight should be intense and spectacular, but the moment the most spectacular of the evening will happen when David gonna score a KO or a TKO. I am positive that David will connect explosive punches in every round, to prepare the field for a KO or a TKO.”

The weigh in, which will be supervised by WBC and WBO championship committees, will be hold Friday at 5.30 PM at the Oneida room of the Turning Stone Casino.


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