Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lemieux Keeps His Promise:
Destroys Stevens With Big KO
By Daniel Cloutier
Ethier - Eye Of The Tiger Management
VERONA, New York - The Montrealer middleweight David Lemieux
wanted absolutely to destroy and knock Curtis Stevens out…
and he achieved it Saturday evening in the ring of the
Turning Stone Casino. And he did it in less than three
David Lemieux attacked furiously in the first two rounds, he
connected more than 60 power shots to the head and the body
in each round. Stevens replied twice with counter attacks in
In the third round, Lemieux knocked Stevens out with a super
left hook the chin.
A super KO!
Ranked third contender by the WBC in the middleweight
division before the bout, Lemieux (37-3-0) won a WBC
Americas Continental championship and a WBO Intercontinental
championship. Stevens (29-6-0) was ranked second contender
by the WBC before this painful defeat.
Lemieux, who promised to his fans to demolish Stevens, kept
that promise. Stevens was unable to get back on his feet
after this KO. He was taken out of ring on a stretcher.
“Yes, I promised to destroy Stevens, and I did it,” said
Lemieux in getting out of the ring. “I promised to shut his
big mouth, and I did it. I wanted so much to kick the butt
of the guy who had absolutely no respect for me. I am so
satisfied by this result. I knew I would hurt him with my
power shots, and you saw the result. I connected so often
with my power shots to the head and the body. Stevens is a
tough fighter, but not enough tough to take my power shots.
For sure, I made a big step in direction of another
participation to a world championship bout. Now, I really
want to take the biggest names of the middleweight division
on the international scene. I would accept anytime a rematch
with Gennady Golovkin or a match up with Saul Canelo
Alvarez. I am positive I have now the maturity and the
technique to fight the biggest stars of the 160 pound
Lemieux became IBF middleweight champion of the world in
June 2015 at Bell Centre in Montréal, in beating the French
African Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2-0) by unanimous decision.
However, in October the same year, at Madison Square Garden
in New York, he lost his title, in losing by TKO in the
eighth round against Golovkin (36-0-0) in an IBF and WBA
world title unification.
Lemieux is ranked also sixth contender by the IBF and fourth
by the WBO.
A BORING FIGHT
The Cuban lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa increased his record
to 26-1-0. Gamboa, won by unanimous decision in 10 rounds
over Rene Alvarado (24-8-0), from Nicaragua.
Faster, better technician, Gamboa was deserving the favor of
the judges, but clearly, the crowd hated this boring fight,
a fight generating almost no action.
Before the first bell, most of the boxing writers presents
at the media tables were expecting a very short win for
ULYSSE NEW NABF CHAMPION
The Montrealer Yves Ulysse Jr. won the most important bout
of his pro boxing career. He won the vacant super
lightweight NABF North American championship, in beating
Zachary Ochoa by TKO. Ulysse (13-0-0), who stayed
undefeated, became the first fighter to beat Ochoa (16-1-0).
Ulysse got the advantage in the first three rounds. He was
faster and more aggressive and intense than his opponent.
In the fourth round, Ochoa got his best offensive moments of
the bout. He connected five power shots. However, Ulysse
came back in the fifth round with four good attacks.
And Ulysse maintained his domination in the sixth round. In
the seventh round, Ulysse put his rival seriously in
trouble. He connected him with more than 100 power shots to
the head and the body. At the end of the round, the referee
stopped the fight and declared Ochoa TKO. The Ochoa’s corner
men did not protest.
“I was more intense and more aggressive than Ochoa in every
rounds,” said Ulysse when he got out of the ring. “I
connected a lot of more punches than him. I was clearly more
confident than him. He was unable to block my power shots in
the seventh round, then, I attacked him all the round. With
this NABF North American title, I will certainly see my name
appears in the international ratings in the weeks to come.”
DE LA HOYA UNDEFEATED
The Mexican super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya, the nephew
of the former champion of the world Oscar De La Hoya,
improved his perfect record to 17-0-0, in beating his
countryman Roberto Pucheta (10-10-1) by unanimous decision
in eight rounds.
De la Hoya sent his opponent on the floor in the first
round. And he dominated all the rounds with his speed, his
precision and his good technique.
The light heavyweight D’Mitrius Ballard, from Temple Hills,
Maryland, kept his perfect record (16-0-0) in beating the
Hungarian Zoltan Sera (26-12-0) by TKO in the fourth
round.Ballard provoked two knockdowns in the fourth round.
After his second visit on the canvas, the Hungarian
mentioned to his corner that it was enough for him.
The Texan super welterweight Alex Rincon made an impressive
pro debut. He beat Shaun Lee Henson (2-4-0), from Ardmore,
Oklahoma, by KO in the second round. Rincon, who was
attacking furiously since the second minute of the fight,
floored the opponent in the second round with a series of
solid body shots. Henson has been unable to get back on his
legs before the count of 10.
The lightweight Damon Allen Jr., from Philadelphia, stayed
undefeated in 12 pro bouts (11-0-1), with a victory by TKO
in the second round over the Hungarian Adam Mate (24-11-0).
Allen provoked three knockdowns in this second round, and
it’s was enough for the referee, who declared Mate TKO.
In the opening bout of the evening, the light heavyweights
Todd Unthank May, from Philadelphia, and Quinton Rankin,
from Charloitte, North Carolina, fourth eight rounds, and
the bout finished by a draw.
A judge scored the fight 79-73 in favour of May (10-0-1),
another judge got a card of 77-75 for Rankin (12-3-2), and
the third judge scored the fight 76-76.