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David Lemieux: "I Am Positive That My Fans
Will Be Happy With My Performance"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - Former IBF middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world, the Montrealer David Lemieux, who hopes to have another world championship fight in 2020, knows that a win Saturday evening in the ring of the Bell Centre in Montréal is inevitable.

Lemieux (40-4-0) will face the Ukrainian Max Bursak (35-5-2) 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 partnership with the Golden Boy Promotions organization. For Lemieux, it will be a first experience in the super middleweight (168 pounds) division.

The former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, the big boss of Golden Boy Promotions, is the Lemieux’s promoter.

“Yes, I need to win this fight to keep my chances to have soon an another world championship bout,” mentioned Lemieux Monday afternoon in a press conference held at the Montréal Casino. “I was the IBF middleweight champion of the world, and now I want to become super middleweight champion of the world. I am very impatient to be in the ring. I know I will feel comfortable at 168 pounds. I will have more power than ever, my speed his the same and my technique is at the same level.”

Lemieux is clearly enthusiastic to fight Bursak at Bell Centre. “It will be the first time since 2015 that I will fight at Bell Centre,” said Lemieux. “It will be fantastic. I am positive that my fans will be extremely happy of my performance.”

Bursak also looks enthusiastic. “I am very happy to have this opportunity to face Lemieux,” said Bursak. “Lemieux is ranked third contender by the WBC, then, in beating him, I will improve substantially my situation in the international pro boxing ratings. Me too I want to have an opportunity to fight for a world title, then, this bout is crucial for my future.”

Camille Estephan said: “It is the first time in two years that we have a boxing show at Bell Centre, and this event will be a spectacular one. The main event is promising great action, and the two fights presented before the main event will certainly be appreciated by the crowd.”

Just before the main event, the Montrealer heavyweight Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov will face Samuel Peter (38-8-0), from Las Vegas, in a NABF North American championship.

A giant of 6’6’’, 270 pounds, Makhmudov has a perfect record of 9-0-0, and he won all his pro bouts by KO or TKO. “Makhmudov is certainly one of the greatest prospect in the world in pro boxing,” said Estephan, “His progression is fast, and it’s logical in his case. He has a very special talent, and he is certainly one of the physically strongest fighter in the world. It’s certainly not by accident that he won his nine pro bouts by KO or TKO. This fight with Peter is the most important test of his pro boxing career, but I am not worry for him at all. Mahmudov was very happy when I told him he will fight Samuel Peter December 7th.”

Before the bout Makhmodov-Peter, the heavyweight Simon Kean (17-1-0), from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, will be opposed to Siarhei Liakovich (27-7-0), from Scottsdale, Arizona, in a WBC International Silver championship.

“Kean also is progressing very well, then, he will have also a good test December 7th, said Estephan. He is perfectly prepared for this challenge, and he is expecting an impressive win.”

Estephan will have another press conference Wednesday, also at the Montréal Casino, this time to announce the first seven bouts of this pro boxing show.


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