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  The "New" Lemieux - Part 2

By Daniel Cloutier

David Lemieux has a new trainer... and a new body.
A body with more muscles and less fat.

The young Montrealer boxer will fight the veteran Montrealer Joachim Alcine Saturday evening at the Bell Center Theater, in a WBC middleweight International championship bout.

Lemieux will fight for the first time since his first loss, a TKO in less than seven rounds against the veteran Mexican fighter Marco Antonio Rubio, last April in Montréal.

"There are absolutely no comparisons between the David Lemieux of last April and the one who is facing you today," said Lemieux. In April, I lost a lot of weight in preparation for this WBC elimination bout with Rubio, a mistake that I will never repeat. In the last two months, I worked harder then ever in the gym, and my nutrition was constantly checked by a specialist, a professional nutritionist. I feel extremely energetic now, a lot more than in the days before this frustrating fight with Rubio. I can promise you that Saturday night, I will be energetic in the second half of the fight like I will be in the first half... if the fight is long. Alcine said he will punish me Saturday? We will see. I have a big respect for him, for his career, for his achievements, but I can let him block my progression in boxing. I can not let him kill my dream to become an eventual world champion. I don’t know if you will see a short or a long bout Saturday, but I really believe that I will hurt him many times in this fight. We will see how he will reacted."

In his last bout, Lemieux jumped on Rubio in the first round, and never stopped hitting him for five rounds. Lemieux slowed down in the sixth, and was out of gas in the seventh. Rubio floored him in the seventh round and stopped him few seconds after.

"David knows that his loss against Rubio was not only a factor of bad control on his weight," said the trainer Marc Ramsay." It was also a bad strategic bout for him. David is controlling his nutrition and weight now, he his working like hell in the gym, and he his understanding perfectly what he got to do to pace oneself in each round. In several training sessions, during the last two months, I forced David to box for several rounds in a row with four different sparring partners, and I gave him the order to pace his energies in each round. He did it perfectly. I am sure that he will do it Saturday night. I think that you will appreciate a lot the "new" David Lemieux Saturday night."


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