Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Lemieux Established Favorite By 5-1
By Daniel Cloutier
MONTRÉAL - The Las Vegas bookies established the Montrealer
David Lemieux favorite by 5-1 in his fight against the
Ukrainian Max Bursak.
Saturday evening in the ring of the Bell Centre in Montréal
,Lemieux (40-4-0) and Bursak (35-5-2) will fight in the main
event (10 rounds) of this pro boxing show presented by the
promoter Camille Estephan, from The Eye Of The Tiger
Management Group in Montréal, in partnership with Golden Boy
Promotions in Los Angeles. The big boss of the Golden Boy
Promotions organization, the former world champion Oscar De
La Hoya, is the Lemieux’s promoter. Former IBF middleweight
(160 pounds) champion of the world, Lemieux will fight for
the first time in the super middleweight (168 pounds)
“I became middleweight champion of the world in 2015 (in
beating by unanimous decision the French Hassan N’Dam
N’Jikam), and now, I really want to become super
middleweight champion of the world,” said Lemieux Friday
afternoon at the weigh in held at the Astral Bar in Montréal
downtown. “Then, I need absolutely to win all my next bouts.
I need to move up in the international boxing ratings to
increase my chances to fight for another world title. And I
feel very comfortable at 168 pounds. I hit harder than ever,
and my technique and my speed still the same. Bursak is
positive he will surprise me, but trust me, I will surprise
him. I know exactly what to achieve to be the big winner of
this bout. I am sure that my power, my strategy and my speed
will make the difference in the result of this bout.”
Bursak replied: “Lemieux can believe what he wants, I came
in Montréal with the intention to beat him and I will do it.
I know I have the power, the chin, the technique and the
motivation to win an important bout like this one. Lemieux
hopes to dispute soon a super middleweight championship of
the world, but I have the same desire and watch me when the
fight will start.”
Lemieux is ranked third contender by the WBC.
At the weigh in supervised by the Québec Athletic Commission
(Régie provinciale des sports de combat), Lemieux posted an
official weight of 166.8 pounds, versus 167.8 for Bursak.
The referee of the main event will be the Montrealer Mike
Griffin and he judges chosen are Richard Blouin. Jean
Gauthier and Pasquale Procopio.
Before the main event, the heavyweights Arslanbek Makhmudov
(9-0-0) and Simon Kean (17-1-0) will be in action.
A Montrealer Russian of 6’6’’, Makhmudov will face Samuel
Peter (38-8-0), from Las Vegas, in a NABF North American
“This North American championship will certainly help me to
improve my situation in the international boxing ratings,”
said Makhmudov. “I am impatient to see my name appears in
the ratings, and when it will happen, my chances to dispute
a world championship will increase.”
Kean, a fighter from Trois-Rivières, Québec, will fight
Siarhei Liakhovich (27-7-0), from Scottsdale, Arizona, in a
WBC International Silver championship.
At the weigh in, Makhmudov posted an official weight of
261.2 pounds, Peter 260.6, Kean 239.8 and Liakhovich 226.6
The Montrealer Russian super welterweight (154 pounds),
Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0-0), the Montrealer female flyweight
(108 pounds) Kim Clavel (10-0-0), the Montrealer super
lightweight (140 pounds) Mathieu Germain (17-1-1), the super
middleweight Lesson Mathieu (7-0-0), from Québec City, and
the Montrealer female featherweight (126 pounds) Martine
Vallières will be involve in the preliminaries bouts of the
Akhmedov will fight the Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos
(12-5-2), Clavel will face the Mexican Esmeralda Gaona
Sagahon (6-3-0) in a NABF North American championship,
Germain will challenge the Mexican Gilberto Meza (11-8-1),
Mathieu will be opposed to the Mexican Rolando Paredes
(16-8-2) and Vallières will face the Czech tereza Dvorakova
At the weigh in, Akhmudov posted an official weight of 153.6
pounds, Clavel 108, Sagahon 106.6, Germain 141.6, Meza
141.4, Mathieu 164.6, Paredes 164.2, Vallières 123.8 and
Dvorakova 125.6 pounds.
The two reserve fights will oppose the super welterweight
Raphael Courchesne (8-0-0), from Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, to
Melvin Wassing (7-4-4), from the Netherlands, and the
Montrealer lightweight (135 pounds) Avery Martin-Duval
(3-0-0) to the Mexican Raul Corona (2-2-0).
At the weigh in, Courchesne posted an official weight of 15
1,6 pounds, Wassing 151.2, Martin-Duval 135 and Corona 134.5