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David Lemieux: "I'm Positive
I Will Win By KO Or TKO"


By Daniel Cloutier
Photo: Robert Lévesque

 

MONTRÉAL — The Montrealer middleweight David Lemieux is like a starving leopard in the African valley just a few days before his match up with the New Yorker Curtis Stevens, in the ring of the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York State. Lemieux (36-3-0) and Stevens (29-5-0) will face in a WBO Intercontinental championship and a WBC Americas Continental title.

“I am positive I am gonna win this fight by KO or TKO,” said Lemieux Monday afternoon. “I saw Stevens in action few times, and I know this guy has the tendency to lose his courage and concentration when an opponent hit him solidly. And trust me, I will connect him with power shots in every rounds. I am sure he will panic after few rounds of bad treatment. It’s an important for me to get a clear win at the Turning Stone Casino, considering my position in the international ratings. After this fight, I want to challenge the biggest names of the middleweight division, including Saul Canelo Alvarez. I really believe that 2017 and 2018 will become the most successful years of my pro boxing career. I am a boxer more mature than ever.”

Lemieux is actually ranked third contender by the WBC in the 160 pounds division, sixth by the IBF and fourth by the WBO. Stevens, on his side, is ranked second contender by the WBC, fifth by the IBF, eight by the WBA and 10th by the WBO.

Lemieux has the conviction he will outclassed Stevens from the beginning to the end of the bout. “I got a great training camp, and trust me, I will have the energy necessary to attack furiously from the beginning to the end of the fight, said Lemieux. I will control the action all fight long. If Stevens can resist to my charges in the first rounds, he won’t do it in the second half of the bout. More he will suffer, more he will commit technical mistakes which will turned to my advantage. You can’t believe how much i am impatient to live that event. I know I will live a glorious evening at the Turning Stone Casino.”

Lemieux said it is extremely easy to be motivate to face a boxer like Stevens. “This guy is arrogant and he has absolutely no respect for me,” said Lemieux. “He has a big mouth, and believe me, he will pay the big price for that. I am so motivated to kick his butt. Believe me; Stevens will learn to respect me when I will connect him with my destructive shots.”

Lemieux fought twice in 2016. He won by TKO in less than four rounds against Glen Tapia (23-3-0), from New Jersey, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and won by unanimous decision against the Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (21-8-3) in the ring of the Bell Centre in Montréal.

“No doubt in my mind, technically, I made huge progress in 2016 in working extremely hard in training, and I still one of the most destructive puncher of the middleweight division,” said Lemieux. “I really believe I have now all the weapons necessaries to become back world champion.”

In June 2015, Lemieux became IBF middleweight champion of the world in the ring of the Bell Centre in Montréal, in beating the actual WBA first contender, the French African Hassan N’dam N’Jikam (35-2-0), by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. However, at his following bout, in October the same year, at Madison Square Garden in New York, Lemieux lost by TKO (8th round) against Gennady Golovkin (36-0-0, a boxer from Kazakstan, in an IBF and WBA unification world titles.

“I learned so much in this defeat with Golovkin, who his ranked among the three best fighters pound for pound in the world,” said Lemieux. “That night, I made several technical mistakes that I did not commit in my last two bouts. It’s clear in my mind; I am a better fighter, a more complete fighter now than I was in 2015. Its so important to learn from bad experiences in boxing. Trust me, if I have eventually a rematch with Golovkin, and I hope it will happen, the result will be so different.”

Lemieux is trained by Marc Ramsay, one of the most respected trainers of the Canadian pro boxing.



 

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