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David Lemieux: "I Am More Intelligent
& Much Stronger Than O’Sullivan"


By Daniel Cloutier


LAS VEGAS - The Montrealer middleweight David Lemieux is clearly enthusiastic just a few days before his challenge. He was hoping to get a fight with the Irish Gary O’Sullivan, and this fight became reality last month.

Before the main event, the WBC and WBA middleweight championship of the world between Gennady Golovkin, from Kazakstan, and Saul Canelo Alvarez, from Mexico, September 15th in the ring of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Lemieux will face O’Sullivan, the fighter who beat the American Antoine Douglas by TKO last December at Place Bell in Laval (a Montréal northern suburb).

Right after the bout O’Sullivan-Douglas, Lemieux lost by unanimous decision against the WBO middleweight champion of the world, the British Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0).

“I got a left shoulder in terrible condition against Saunders, I was unable to jab or attack with left hooks, but I can tell you I am in perfect health now, and I am ready for this challenge against O’Sullivan,” said Lemieux. “Yes, I was very happy when my fight with O’Sullivan has been confirmed, because I know I have now the weapons to get a great performance. O’Sullivan? I saw him in action several times in watching videos. He is a solid fighter, very aggressive, but like you know it, I like to fight this kind of boxers.”

Lemieux (39-4-0) is prepared for a long fight, but he is sure he will be in the winning's corner. “O’Sullivan is one of the best middleweights in the world, but I am not worried at all,” said Lemieux. “I am sure I am more intelligent than him in the ring, and I am stronger physically than him. I have a very good strategy to fight him, but, obviously, I cannot reveal it. I am feeling stronger than ever now. With two shoulders in perfect health, I will be able to attack intensively in each round, and I am sure I will be the winner of this important fight. I am determinate to destroy O’Sullivan.”

O’Sullivan has a record of 28-2-0. He won 20 times by KO or TKO, Lemieux 33 times. Lemieux mentioned it several times in the last months, he wants absolutely to get another shot for a world title. “After my victory over O’Sullivan, I will challenge publicly the winner of the fight Golovkin-Alvarez,” said Lemieux.” I am sure I have now the maturity to fight the top middleweights in the world.”

Lemieux won the IBF middleweight championship of the world in June 2015 in Montréal, in beating the French African Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-3-0), but in October the same year, he lost his crown in an unification titles bouts (WBC and IBF) opposing him to Golovkin in the ring of the Madison Square Garden in New York. Golovkin (38-0-1) won the bout by TKO in the eighth round.

“Yes, Golovkin beat me in New York in 2015, but I have no doubt in my mind, I am more dangerous now that I was in 2015,” said Lemieux. “Like I said, I have more experience, more maturity, and I am sure I can win now against the best middleweights in the world.”

At his last bout, last May, when he beat the French Karim Achour (26-5-3) by unanimous decision in the ring of the Videotron Centre in Québec City, Lemieux got problems to make the weight. He has been obliged to lose two pounds after the weight in. “Yes, I got weight problems at my last fight, but trust me, it won’t happen in Las Vegas,” said Lemieux. “I am eating healthy things now. I am checking regularly my weight, and everything is in order. I am positive I will post an official weight of 159 or 160 next Friday in Las Vegas.”

The former famous champion of the world, the Californian Oscar De La Hoya, the big boss of the Golden Boy Promotions, is the Lemieux’s promoter since 2014, but the man who recruited the Montréal fighter when he turned pro in 2007, Bernard Barré, the scout of the GYM Group in Montréal, is expecting a great fight Lemieux-O’Sullivan.

“The fight will be intense and spectacular, because the two fighters are very aggressive, but I am predicting a pretty short bout,” said Barré. “Lemieux gonna win by KO or TKO in the first half of the bout. No doubt in my mind, Lemieux is stronger physically than O’Sullivan, he is a stronger puncher, and he will take advantage of the fact that O’Sullivan will attack constantly. O’Sullivan will give to Lemieux the opportunities to connect powerful shots in every minutes of the bout.”

And Barré will analyze the bouts Lemieux-O’Sullivan and Golovkin-Alvarez for the Montréal TV. “I really believe that Golovkin was deserving the win the first time he fought Saul Canelo Alvarez, and I am sure he will dominate the action again next Saturday,” said Barré. “I think the fight will go the limit, both fighters have a very solid chin, but I think that Golovkin gonna win by unanimous decision this time.”

The first fight Golovkin-Alvarez, presented also at the T-Mobile Arena in September 2017, finished by a draw. A judge scored the bout for Golovkin, another one for Alvarez and the third one got a score of 114-114. However, a majority of boxing writers on the planet picked Golovkin as winner in 2017.



 

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