One On One With Knockout Artist
By Jeff Emond Jeffrey
Jeff Emond Jeffrey: Good morning David! How do you feel?
David Lemieux: Very good and very ready for my fight with
Marco Antonio Rubio!
JEJ: How did you train for such a high profile fight?
DL: I trained 5 weeks here near Montreal and 3 weeks in
Spain, running in high altitude in the mountains. My cardio
is at a very good level, I am better than I ever was! I also
studied a lot of Rubioís fights on tapes. Heís a very
versatile fighter; heís a boxer-puncher I would say. But he
never faced a hungry fighter like me either!
JEJ: So far in your career we have never seen you in any
kind of troubles. Any comments?
DL : It depends on the fightersí style. But me, I like to
get it close and personal and destroy anyone in my range.
Thatís why I was never in danger, Iím taking the initiative
in my fights.
JEJ: Do you plan to take him out before the 12th round?
DL: Iíll work hard to get the knockout victory. But if it
goes twelve, itís not a bad thing either; I wonít feel bad
to have some more rounds experiences in my career. However,
Iím preparing for a 12 rounds fight and Iím in shape if it
happens. The important thing is to win the rounds
JEJ: A lot of people are comparing you to a young Mike
Tyson. How do you feel about that?
DL: Itís great to be compared to a legend!! Well, this is my
style, Iím a devastating puncher, just like Tyson !! My goal
is to go into the ring and win the respect of my foes with
my punching power and it works!
JEJ: Earlier at the press conference we could not help
notice that you remain calm, focused even smiling from time
to time. But in the ring, you donít seem to be the same
person. Do you notice that you were an intimidator in the
DL : Itís very true! Iím not the same person in my life. In
the ring I become someone else and as soon as my opponents
feel my power, they fight backward and are forced to change
their game plan. It will happen to Rubio.
JEJ: Jason Naugler was the only fighter who ever took you to
the limit. Were you discouraged by that fact?
DL: Not at all! On the contrary I was happy to put some
rounds in the bank and it felt great! But Naugler is a tough
customer, he can take a lots of punches!
JEJ: What do you expect from Rubio?
DL: I expect a knockout from my part
JEJ: Early in the fight or in the later in the fight?
DL: We will see! It will depend on how Rubio wants to fight,
close and personal or on the outside, Iím prepared for both.
I donít underestimate him. He possesses a lot of experience
with very good fighters like Kelly Pavlik, Samuel Miller ,
Enrique Ornelas, Kasim Ouma to name a few. Even at that
point, I feel I will knock him out!
JEJ: Thank you for your time David !
DL: No problem! Be there for the war !