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David Lemieux: "Achour Said He Will Stop Me In The Eighth? He Will Be Out Before The Eighth"

By Daniel Cloutier

QUÉBEC CITY - The Montrealer middleweight David Lemieux was laughing when the French boxer Karim Achour predicted his win by KO or TKO between the eight and the 10th round Saturday evening in the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City. Lemieux (38-4-0) will fight Achour (26-4-3) in a WBC 160 pounds International championship in the main event of a boxing show organized by the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group, the Montrealer bussesman Camille Estephan.

“Yes, I laughed when Achour made his prediction,” said Lemieux Wednesday afternoon at the final press conference of the event held at the Videotron Centre. “Achour said he will stop me between the eighth and the tenth round? It will be impossible to realize it, because I am sure he will be out before the eighth round. Now that I have two shoulders in perfect health, I will put a tremendous pressure on him, and we will see how many rounds he will resist to these charges. No doubt in my mind, I will stop him before the bell ending the seventh round.”

Lemieux injured severally his left shoulder in the first round of his last two bouts. “In Montréal, the Dr. Fontaine gave me several cortisone injections in the last months, and my left shoulder is in perfect health for the first time in one year,” said Lemieux. “Yes, for the first time since a year, I will be able to use my jabs and left hooks. I know I have now the weapons necessaries to win significant bouts, and you will understand what I mean Saturday evening. I am 29 years, and I will prove in my next fights that I am at the peak of my pro boxing career. I want to improve my position in the international ratings, to increase my chances to fight for another world championship fight.”

Lemieux is a former IBF middleweight champion of the world. He won this title in beating the French African Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-3-0) in May 2015 in Montréal, but he lost this title in October the same year at Madison Square Garden in New York, losing by TKO in the eight round against Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1), a fighter from Kazakstan considered actually as the best fighter pound for pound in the world.

Achour replied: “Lemieux can say what he wants, I am perfectly prepared for this challenge, and I am sure I will be in the winning’s corner at the end of the fight. I got the best preparation of my career, then, I am extremely impatient to be in the ring.”

Estephan is expecting a great boxing show. “We will offer to the crowd three championships bouts, plus Erik Bazinyan, who is closer than ever to be ranked in the Top 10 of the international ratings,” said Estephan. “Erik won his last 108 bouts in the amateurs, and he is undefeated in pro boxing. He is certainly one of the most promising fighter in the country. The main event will certainly be spectacular. Lemieux and Achour are so motivated and determinate to win this fight.”

Marc Ramsay, the Lemieux’s trainer, is clearly impress to see his fighter in so good health. “Since a year, David has been obliged to deal with serious injuries, but he is now in perfect health,” said Ramsay. “In training, he worked extremely hard, and never felt pain in his left shoulder. David has a good and solid opponent, but I know him, more a challenge is big, more he is motivated and determinate.”

Achour’s trainer, Medhi Laffi, said: “Lemieux is established favorite to win this bout, and it’s perfect. Karim is so motivated to surprise Lemieux Saturday evening. You will see what a Karim Achour perfectly prepared mentally, physically, technically and strategically can achieve in the ring.”

Just before the main event, Custio Clayton (14-0-0), a welterweight from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who is living in Montréal since three years, will face the British Stephen Danyo (14-0-3) in a WBC international championship, and the Montrealer Russian Batyr Jukembayev (12-0-0) will challenge the Argentinian Jonathan Jose Eniz (20-9-1) in a WBO super lightweight Inter-Continental championship.

“No doubt in my mind, this boxing will be one of the most important one in Canada this year,” said Estephan. “Almost of all the fights are promising great action.”

A Montrealer, Bazinyan (18-0-0) will be opposed to the Argentinian light heavyweight Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (30-12-5).


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