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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) division.

“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 championship.

“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 pounds.

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 evening.

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 (0-2-0).

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 pounds.


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