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John David Jackson: "Curtis Is A More
Complete Fighter Than Lemieux"

By Daniel Cloutier

VERONA, New York — John David Jackson, Curtis Stevens trainer, did not fall out of his chair when he heard David Lemieux said he will beat Stevens by KO or TKO Saturday evening in the ring of the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.

Lemieux (36-0-0), a Montrealer, and Stevens (29-5-0), a New Yorker, will fight in the main event of a HBO Boxing After Dark boxing show. They will face in a WBC middleweight Americas Continental championship and a WBO Intercontinental championship.

“No doubt in my mind, Lemieux is the most dangerous puncher to face Curtis so far,” said Jackson. “I really believe that Lemieux is actually one of the 10 most powerful punchers pound for pound in the world. However, I really think that Curtis is going to win Saturday evening, not only because he is a solid chin, but he is a more complete fighter than Lemieux. Curtis is a solid puncher himself, and technically, he is certainly superior to Lemieux. I know, because i saw Lemieux in action several times, and I am working with Curtis day after day. Curtis got a marvellous preparation, technically and physically, and I am sure he will offer us a superb performance Saturday evening at the Turning Stone Casino. I am not worried at all.”

If Lemieux has the ambition to face the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1) in a mega fight next year, Stevens has exactly the same ambition. “Yes, Curtis is extremely motivated to face Alvarez, then, he knows it’s crucial for him to win Saturday evening,” said Jackson, “I know he will fight intensively and intelligently from the beginning to the end of the bout Saturday, to get out of the ring in the winner’s corner. He has so big ambitions for 2018.”

Lemieux is actually ranked third contender by the WBC… but Stevens is ranked second. Lemieux is also ranked sixth contender by the IBF and fourth by the WBO. Stevens is ranked eight by the WBA, fifth by the IBF and 10th by the WBO in the 160 pound division.

Last May in Las Vegas, Lemieux got a great exposure on the international boxing scene when he beat Glen Tapia (23-3-0), from New Jersey, by TKO in the fourth round. We asked to Jackson if he got the chance to get information from Tapia about Lemieux.

“No, I did not talk to Tapia about Lemieux,” said Jackson. “I did not need to hear that Lemieux is a powerful puncher… I know it. Anyway, I don’t think it would be so helpful for us to converse with Tapia. Curtis has certainly better skills than Tapia.”

At his last two bouts, Stevens scored significant wins. Last November at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he won by unanimous decision against the Mexican James De La Rosa (23-5-0), and last May, also in Las Vegas, Stevens became the first fighter to beat the Brazilian Patrick Teixeira. Stevens beat Teixeira (26-1-0) by TKO in the second round.

At his last two fights, Lemieux beat Tapia, and the Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (21-8-3) by unanimous decision.


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