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  Alcine Provokes Controversy

By Daniel Cloutier

The Montrealer Joachim Alcine, a former WBA super welterweight champion of the world, has provoked a huge controversy today at the final press conference of this boxing show presented by the GYM group, Saturday night at the Bell Theater Center.

Alcine, who will fight the young Montrealer David Lemieux in a WBC International middleweight bout, said he lost all respect for the GYM group.

“I lost my WBA world title to the Puertorican Daniel Santos in July 2008 here, at the Uniprix Stadium, and the GYM group is certainly responsible for that terrible result (KO in the sixth round),” said Alcine. “Few days before the fight, I meet Dino Marchitello, Yvon Michel’s business partner, to tell him to cancel the fight. Why? I could not see from my left eye, because a retinal detachment. Dino told me, “Joachim, if you force us to cancel the fight, you will lose your world title”. Then, I took the chance to fight, and I could not see coming the final punch threw by Santos. My divorce with the GYM group was a perfect thing for me.”

Yvon Michel was extremely frustrated to hear these comments. “What Alcine is saying is total BS,” said Yvon Michel. “Before the weigh in, Alcine, like all the others fighters, past the medical tests. The veteran doctor Dr. Pierre Meunier is always checking the condition of the eyes of the fighters. If a fighter has a retinal detachment or a cataract, the doctor will see it in a second, and will order the cancellation of the fight. Alcine (32-2-1) passed the medical examination perfectly in July 2008. His eyes were in perfect condition. Now, he is just trying to blame us for his bad performance. It is very sad. Alcine has been the first world champion of our organization, and we did everything possible to push him to this WBA title. He was a great athlete and a great boxer in 2007, when he won the WBA title against Travis Simms. If his career has declined after, we are certainly not responsible for that.”

Alcine calmed down after the Yvon Michel reply. “The most important thing for me now, is my great determination to come back a winner. GYM is hoping to punish me in opposing me to David Lemieux, but I will punish them and Lemieux. David is young and hungry, but he has not the maturity to beat a fighter like me. I know what it is to suffer in the ring to win a fight. Lemieux does not know that. The more that the fight will go the more it will be painful and difficult for Lemieux. When the people are telling me that Lemieux is the logical favorite to win the fight, I am smiling. Don’t be worry for me.”

Ranked third by the WBC, Lemieux (25-1-0) was smiling when Alcine was talking. “I have a big respect for the Joachim Alcine’s career and achievements, but he had his time, now it is my time,” said Lemieux. “You will see in action a David Lemieux more energetic than ever Saturday evening. Joachim, if you think that I am afraid to suffer in the ring, you will have a big surprise. I suffered a lot in training since two months, my new trainer Marc Ramsay will confirm it, I am ready for a war now. Don’t miss that bout. You will be impressed by my performance.”

Adonis Stevenson, who is ranked seven in the world by the IBF in the super middleweight division, said he is ready for the biggest challenge of his career. Stevenson (15-1-0), a Montrealer southpaw, will fight the American Aaron Pryor Jr (16-4-0) in a NABA, NABO and IBF International championship fight.

“Pryor beat Librado Andrade last May in California, then, he is certainly the biggest challenge of my career,” said Stevenson. “I am perfectly prepared for this challenge. I don’t want to miss that chance to be ranked in the Top five of the IBF, WBA and WBO ratings. I want to fight big names like Lucian Bute, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler in 2012, then, I need to prove that I deserve it. The best way to show it, it’s to beat clearly Pryor Saturday night.”


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