Cloutier’s Canada Corner
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
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
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
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
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
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.