Lemieux vs. Stevens Training Camp Notes
Former IBF Middleweight World champion David Lemieux (36-3,
32 KOs) and WBC Continental Americas Middleweight champion
Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) are
making final preparations in training camp ahead of their
slugfest for the WBO Intercontinental, WBC Continental
Americas and IBF North American Middleweight titles. The
event takes place Saturday, March 11 at Turning Stone Resort
Casino and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®
beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"After watching these fighters in their respective training
camps-I can tell it is personal for both to go in for the
kill on fight night," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and
CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lemieux is looking bigger
than ever, and Stevens has been working day in and day out
with John David Jackson. Get ready, fans- this is looking to
be a surefire Fight of the Year candidate."
''I'm going to destroy Curtis," said Lemieux. "Training camp
is going great, and I'm ready for war. Let's go bum-let's
see how tough you are in the ring.''
'' David Lemieux just finished an excessive and demanding
training camp that was very productive and where every
single objective was met," said Marc Ramsay, trainer to
David Lemieux. "Everything is in place not only for a great
performance from David but also to make a statement. ''
"This should be a good fight. Me and Lemieux have the same
kind of come and get it style," said Stevens. "Some people
think of me as just a hard puncher but I'm an all-around
fighter. I can slug, I can box. My first reaction is to just
take you out-but I can box you too."
"For this fight, I could try to box the first couple rounds
and then bring it to him for the rest of the rounds,"
continued Stevens. "Lemieux is used to coming forward, so in
order for me to not allow that, I have to stay right there
in the clutch and make sure he backs up. We'll see. No
matter what he brings-it doesn't matter, I'm ready to
adjust. I see myself winning this fight. Whether it be by
knockout or by decision, it doesn't matter. I am really well
prepared this time."
"Lemieux is a dangerous opponent, and he is definitely
coming to put a hurt on his opponent, said John David
Jackson, trainer to Curtis Stevens. "There are small things
that Curtis needs to do in this fight, to win the fight
decisively and pretty much easily. He has to be smart in his
approach, so we are working on things that will allow him to
win this fight convincingly."
"Curtis is a better boxer than he gives himself credit for
being," continued Jackson. "He just needs to be smart
because Lemieux is a very risky opponent. Every fight is
different for Curtis, and this fight is definitely
different. For this fight, I think he is going to be a
better boxer than the fans have ever seen."