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Lemieux Keeps His Promise:
Destroys Stevens With Big KO

By Daniel Cloutier
Vincent 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 rounds.

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 each round.

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 division.”

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.


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 Gamboa….


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.”


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.


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