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  Alcine Is Looking To Go To Welterweight; Stevenson Eyes Bute Or Andrade/George Winner

Daniel Cloutier

Two hours after his surprising win against the young Montrealer David Lemieux in the ring of the Bell Center Theater in Montréal, Joachim Alcine, the former WBA super welterweight champion of the world, said a rematch with Lemieux is not probable because he is looking to continue his career in the welterweight division.

“Lemieux was certainly 15 pounds heavier than me last night,’ said Alcine. “The Middleweight division is not natural for me. I know that with the good training that I do now, I can evolve in the 147 pounds division. I will have a serious discussion about that with my trainer my manager in the next week. A rematch with Lemieux will be out of question if I am boxing in the welterweight division.

Yvon Michel, the boss of the GYM group said, “We offered to Joachim the chance to fight Lemieux, but at the condition that Lou DiBella was accepting to give us options on the next three Alcine’s fights. We will work in partnership with DiBella in 2012, and a possible rematch with Lemieux is part of that deal. Joachim was extremely impressive Saturday night. The fight was extremely close, I thought that Lemieux won it, but I got to admit that Joachim got one or probably the best performance of his career.”

Alcine (33-2-1) was more than happy after the fight. “With the experience and the maturity, I really believe that I am better than never now,” said the Montrealer Haitian of 35 years. “I knew that with a perfect preparation, I could surprise Lemieux and the GYM group. I was extremely hungry and motivated. For a month, everybody in Canada was saying that I was a declining boxer, that at 35 years old my best time was behind me. Wrong! But I have a tremendous respect for Lemieux. He gave me a very tough fight. He gave me a better opposition than Travis Sims in Connecticut in 2007 when I dethroned Simms as WBA super welterweight champion of the world. David is very talented. With more experience and maturity he will become a world champion in two or three years. He did not learn yet, like me, to pace oneself in the action. The keys of my win? My toughness helped me to resist to the several Lemieux powers shots in the first half of the fight, and the fact that I paced myself. I was clearly more energetic than David in the second half of the bout.”

Lemieux (15-2-0) looked a bit discouraged after is second loss in a row. This defeat by majority decision (116-112, 116-112 and 114-114) cost him the WBC International middleweight title.
“I am suffering more mentally than physically now,” said the young boxer. “I am so disappointed. I worked very hard to win that bout, and I think I deserved the win, but the judges have decided that Joachim was the best man in the ring. What can I do? The only thing I can do is to return in the gym soon and work harder and harder.”

Several writers in the press room estimated that Lemieux was deserving a draw (114-114), considering that each fighter had probably dominated six rounds.

Yvon Michel was especially happy by the Adonis Stevenson’s performance. The Montrealer southpaw, a Haitian native like Alcine, won the NABA, NABO and IBF International championship in beating the American Aaron Pryor Jr. by TKO in the 9th round.

Stevenson (16-1-0) floored Pryor (16-5-0) four times.

“You can bet that Adonis will be ranked soon IBF second contender,” said Michel. “The winner of the fight Andrade-George will be ranked first. We will see if Bute will fight his first contender after his bout against the Super Six winner (Carl Froch or Andre Ward), but if not, the IBF could organize a world championship fight between Adonis and Andrade, or Adonis and George. We will keep Adonis active. He will fight February 18th in Montréal, and possibly in April. Our goal is to involve him in a world championship in 2012. The IBF, WBA and WBO titles are all good options for him.”

Stevenson seemed to be on cloud nine after this important win. “I am persuaded that 2012 will be my year,” said Stevenson. “I want absolutely to fight for a major world title. My first target is Lucian Bute. Lucian is saying that several top fighters in the super middleweight division are afraid of him, but not me. Believe me! I just got the most important win of my career. Pryor is very tall, he has very long arms, but my tenacity paid off. I was using my body punches at the beginning of the fight, and this strategy set the table for my power shots at the head.”


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