David Lemieux (boxer)

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David Lemieux
David Lemieux (boxer) 2015.jpg
Lemieux in 2015
Statistics
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (177 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1988-12-22) December 22, 1988 (age 29)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 39
Wins by KO 33
Losses 4

David Lemieux (born December 22, 1988) is a Canadian professional boxer who held the IBF middleweight title in 2015. As of April 2018, he is ranked as the world's sixth best active middleweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[1] seventh by The Ring magazine,[2] and tenth by BoxRec.

Early life[edit]

Lemieux was born in Montreal, Quebec on December 22, 1988 to André Lemieux and a Lebanese Armenian mother, Aznive Khavloudjian. The couple divorced after having one son, the 2-year senior to David. David was born after the departure of his father and he claims he has never seen his biological father.

His mother remarried to an Armenian, Garo Melekian who adopted the two children and became a mentor to David. Lemieux studied at the local Saint-François-de-Laval school, in the Ahuntsic district of Montréal, but did not excel in classes, spending most of time on the streets. He was eventually expelled from the school for street fights. Encouraged by his adoptive father to focus, he started training in Ring 83 located in Ahuntsic with the encouragement and guidance of Baha Laham, a successful Canadian boxer of Lebanese descent.

Amateur career[edit]

Lemieux began boxing at the age of nine. He won the Canadian Amateur Championship three times.[3]

Lemieux lost his first four amateur fights, but then won 16 straight fights, including four national junior titles.

Lemieux is currently trained by Marc Ramsay. Previously, he was trained by Russ Anber and was featured with Anber in DVD tutorial series Title Boxing as a teenager. He also featured with Anber in the Rival Box tips series.

Lemieux was never interested in making a bid to join the Canadian Olympic boxing team which was woefully under-supported in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Instead, he and Russ Anber viewed the Olympic program as a dead-end which would have him competing against boxers with vastly more experience while limiting his training prospects in ways detrimental to a fighter with professional aspirations.

He finished his amateur career with 91 wins and 12 defeats.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Although Lemieux planned to turn pro at 17, he was required to wait until he turned 18 because of Canadian Boxing Federation rules.[3] Quebec-based promotion company Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was quick to sign him to a multi-fight contract, pitting him against opponents in four-round bouts that quickly became crowd favorites in Montreal. Lemieux became a proven commodity, fighting televised six-rounders on ESPN's Friday Night Fights and filling out the undercard during several championship events. Lemieux won his first 20 bouts, all inside the distance.

Lemieux vs. Rubio[edit]

On March 11, 2011 it was announced that Lemieux would appear in a WBC final eliminator against Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 43 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on April 8 in the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights.[5] Lemieux was favored to win in his hometown against the Mexican veteran. He came into the fight with a perfect record of 25 wins and no losses, with 24 wins inside the distance. Both fighters came in at 159 pounds.[6] During the first five rounds, Lemieux dominated Rubio by landing hard power punches to his guard. Rubio came to life in round six and began to land hard punches as Lemieux tired. In the seventh round, Rubio knocked down Lemieux with a right hook to the head. Lemieux got up, but Rubio continued where he left off and threw more punches at him. With only seconds left in round seven, Lemieux's corner had seen enough and threw in the towel to stop the fight. After the fight Anber said that Lemieux still has a lot to work and improve on if he wants to reach the top level.[7][8][9]

Lemieux vs. Alcine[edit]

In October 2011, Lemieux signed a deal with Eye of the Tiger Management. At the same time, his promoter Groupe Yvon Michel, announced that he would next fight former WBA light middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) on December 10 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.[10] In a huge upset, Alcine defeated Lemieux. Lemieux was quoted as a 5 to 1 favorite by the wagertrackers. The fight was declared a majority decision over 12 rounds, with scores of 116-112 by two judges and an even scoring of 114-114 by the third one. Alcine was awarded the WBC International Middleweight title. Most ringside observers thought Alcine won the fight.[11][12] Speaking after the fight, Lemieux praised Alcine, however felt he did enough, "I tip my hat to him, he's a true champion. I really thought I won. Now I have to return to the gym and start working out. I was prepared for this fight and took it very seriously, but I may have mismanaged my energy. Joachim, he knew what he had to do. I know what mistakes I made and I know that I can beat him." Yvon Michel admitted they underestimated Alcine. Alcine contemplated a move back down to light middleweight, but stated he was open to a rematch.[13][14]

Rise up the ranks[edit]

After the Alcine fight, Lemieux fought six straight bouts against opponents of mostly middling relevance, before facing Fernando Guerrero, a former light middleweight and middleweight contender who had only a year prior fought WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin to a sixth round loss. The fight took place on the undercard of the WBC light heavyweight fight Stevenson vs. Fonfara on May 24, 2014. Lemieux dominated Guerrero, repeatedly dropping him before finishing him off in the third round with a brutal right uppercut. Lemieux won the NABF middleweight title with this win.[15][16]

Lemieux vs. Rosado[edit]

His next bout was confirmed on October 20, 2014 to take place Barclays Center in Brooklyn against fringe contender Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs), defending his NABF middleweight belt on December 6. The fight was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions as a 'one-off' deal, according to Lemieux's manager Camille Estephan.[17] Going into the fight, Lemieux wanted to take the opportunity to introduce himself as a threat to the middleweight division. The fight was shown live on HBO Boxing After Dark.[18] Lemieux similarly dominated Rosado, dropping him in the third and pounding away at his mostly outmatched foe until the referee stopped the bout in the tenth due to swelling and cuts surrounding Rosado's eyes. It was the first HBO televised bout for Lemieux, who was hoping to challenge unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the near future. In the post-fight interview, Lemieux praised Rosado, "Hats off to Rosado. He is one hell of a fighter. I had tremendous preparation. I wanted to show all of you what I could do. I wanted to make a statement. Rosado is even better than I thought. I hope you enjoyed it." There was 6,532 in attendance for the fight. At the time of stoppage, Lemieux was ahead 90-80, 89-81 and 88-82 on all three judges scorecards.[19][20] According to CompuBox stats, Lemieux landed 227 of 621 punches thrown (37%) and Rosado landed 142 of his 398 thrown (36%)[21] The fight averaged 906,000 viewers and peaked at 1.16 million viewers.[22]

IBF middleweight champion[edit]

Lemieux vs. N'Dam[edit]

In February 2015, Lemieux accepted a fight against former interim WBO titleholder Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (31-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant IBF middleweight championship. N'Dam became the mandatory challenger when he defeated Curtis Stevens in October 2014. Then-IBF champion Jermain Taylor, was facing legal issues, thus stripped of the title. The IBF originally ordered N'Dam vs. Felix Sturm for the vacant title, however Sturm stated he no longer wished to fight at 160 pounds. The IBF then ordered British contender Billy Joe Saunders, however he also passed as he was already mandated to fight for the WBO title. IBF then turned to their #5 ranked Lemieux.[23] The purse bid was won by Golden Boy, who were the only promoter to turn up and bid the minimunt required $102,000 for the fight.[24] On May 13, Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger Management announced the fight would take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on June 20.[25][26] With over two weeks to go, it was confirmed the fight would be televised live on Fox Sports 2. HBO, who has recently signed Lemieux were unable to squeeze the bout into their boxing schedule for unknown reasons.[27] Lemieux scored four knockdowns en route to a victory by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the bout 115-109 while the third saw it 114-110 for Lemieux, who improved to 34-2 with 31 knockouts.[28][29] Over the 12 rounds, Lemieux landed 216 of 597 punches thrown (36%), while N'Dam landed 202 of his 627 thrown (32%). Lemieux out landed N'Dam in 4 of the rounds. Rounds 6, 7, 9 and 10 saw both fighters land equal amount of punches.[30] The whole card only averaged 163,000 viewers.[31] The win set up a showdown in October with unbeaten Golovkin, considered to be the best middleweight fighter in the world in 2015.

Lemieux vs. Golovkin[edit]

It was announced in July 2015 that Gennady Golovkin would be defending his three world titles against Lemieux in a unification fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 17, 2015 live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Both boxers took to Twitter to announce the news. Lemieux won the then vacant IBF title by outpointing Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in June 2015.[32]

Lemieux lost the IBF middleweight title to Golovkin before a sold-out crowd of 20,548 at Madison Square Garden. Lemieux was down once in round 5. Golovkin was dominant from the first bell, landing punch after punch before the referee mercifully stepped in and stopped the fight in the eighth round. Golovkin was also ahead on all three judges scorecards (70-62 3 times). Lemieux earned a career high payday of $1.5 million and was guaranteed a share of PPV revenue whilst Golovkin earned a career high $2 million also including a share of the PPV profits. According to CompuBox statistics, Lemieux only landed 89 of 335 punches thrown (27%). Golovkin had a connect rate of 51% landing 280 of 549 punches.[33][34][35]

Comeback trail[edit]

It was announced on March 17, 2016 that Lemieux would fight on the undercard of Canelo-Khan at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 7, 2016. His opponent was announced to be Glen Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs), who was newly signed to Golden Boy and moving up in weight. Lemieux was due to fight against James De Lara Rosa a week earlier at a 163lb catchweight, but he failed to make weight, many believe this was done intentionally so he could fight at the new arena.[36] Lemieux showed an improved jab, footwork and head movement. He dominated the fight, shaking Tapia numerous times leading into the fourth round where he knocked Tapia down. Tapia's trainer Freddie Roach waved the fight off right after.[37]

After a few months of trying to negotiate a deal to fight Curtis Stevens, it was confirmed by Eye of the Tiger promotions that Lemieux would be fighting unknown Argentine Cristian Fabian Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs) at the Centre Bell in Montreal on October 22.[38][39] Lemieux was taken the distance only the fourth time in his career as he won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision. Lemieux attempted to score a knockout, but wasn’t able to get the job done against a durable Rios. The three judges scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. The win ensured Lemieux a possible future fight against the likes of Saul Alvarez or WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in early 2017.[40]

Lemieux vs. Stevens[edit]

On January 16, 2017 a fight between Lemieux and former world title challenger Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) was finally agreed to main event a HBO: Boxing After Dark card on March 11 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.[41][42] Lemieux won the fight after he knocked Stevens out with a short left hook. The referee Charlie Fitch waived the count immediately after Stevens was left unconscious The stoppage took place in round 3, at 1 minute and 59 seconds. Emergency personnel entered the ring immediately to attend to Stevens. He was conscious however whilst being stretchered out of the arena.[43][44][45] The fight averaged 606,000 viewers and peaked at 672,000 viewers for HBO.[46] On Sunday morning following the fight, Stevens representatives confirmed he was OK.[47]

Only a month after knocking out Stevens, Lemieux was added to the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. undercard at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada on May 6, 2017. His opponent was announced as 29 year old Mexican boxer Marcos Reyes (35-4, 26 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Reyes, being (3-3) in his last six bouts, was known for going the 10 round distance in a losing effort to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2015.[48][49][50] Both fighters agreed a catch-weight for the fight and weighed in at 163 pounds. It was reported that Lemieux would earn $200,000 compared to Reyes who would earn $45,000.[51] Lemieux won the fight by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 99-90, 99-90 and 98-91 in his favor. Lemieux landed the harder and cleaner punches throughout the fight. Reyes showed great determination and stayed on his feet landing quick combinations, although receiving a cut above the right eye in round 2. Reyes also lost a point in round 8 for hitting after the bell. Lemieux gave a good effort from the start, but started to tire out through the middle rounds, although he did enough to still win them, landing the bigger punches. Lemieux got his second wind in round 8, but still did not have the same power that we’d seen in the early rounds.[52][53]

Lemieux vs. Saunders[edit]

Lemieux made himself available as Miguel Cotto's final opponent, which would take place on December 2, 2017 on HBO at Madison Square Garden. According to a source, regardless of who Cotto fought, Lemieux would still appear on the card.[54][55] After weeks of going back and forth with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) on Twitter, on October 10, the WBO ordered them to meet in a mandatory fight with both camps having 30 days to negotiate a fight, which would likely take place early in 2018.[56] On October 16, Lemieux's manager Camille Estephan stated the negotiations were going well for the fight and could possibly take place at the Bell Centre in Canada on December 16, 2017. He also stated that HBO were interested showcasing the fight.[57] On October 17, WBO confirmed the fight had been signed to take place at the new Place Bell in Laval, Quebec.[58] Lemieux failed in his attempt to regain a world title after losing to Saunders via a wide unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 120-108, 117-111, 118-110. Both HBO and ESPN scored it a clear 120-108 for Saunders. Saunders picked Lemieux off with shots as he would plod forward trying to connect with his big power shots. The difference in hand speed and skills were vast. Saunders used his movement and jab effectively. Lemieux was never able to catch up to Saunders to land his big power shots. In the post-fight, Lemieux said, “I wasn't at my best. Hats off to Billy Joe, but as of the second round, my left hand, I couldn't use it the way I wanted to. And he was on the run, so I had a little bit of difficulties throwing my shots. So I gotta say it wasn't my best night.” CompuBox showed that Saunders landed 165 of 430 punches (38%) and Lemieux landed 67 of his 356 thrown (19%).[59][60] Saunders earned a minimum $1 million purse while Lemieux took home a $500,000 guaranteed purse.[61] The fight averaged 716,000 viewers, peaking at 775,000 viewers.[62]

A few days after the fight, Camille Estephan confirmed that Lemieux would be staying a middleweight, however will not be expected to fight until after April 2018 as he needed to rehab his shoulder.[63]

Career from 2018–2019[edit]

On April 11, 2018 sources in Canada stated that Lemieux would return to the ring on May 26 in Quebec, Canada and a press conference would be announced by Eye of the Tiger Management.[64] A day later, it was officially announced that Lemieux would fight French boxer Karim Achour (26-4-3, 4 KOs) at the Videotron Centre, with Achour's WBC international title at stake as well as the vacant WBC Francophone title. Going into the fight, Achour had not been stopped in his 4 losses and was unbeaten in 13 fights dating back to March 2013.[65] Lemieux weighed 162 pounds. He was given time to reduce his weight further, however within an hour, Camille Estephan told the officials that Lemieux would not be making the middleweight limit. Estephan told the Journal de Montreal, Lemieux had a disciplined training camp, however before the night of the weigh in, he went to bed weighing 164 pounds. At that point, he knew he would not be able to lose the additional weight and thought about his own health first.[66] On fight night, Lemieux dominated Achour throught the bout, eventually dropping him in round 12, winning the fight via a wide unanimous decision. The scorecards were 119-108, 120-107 and 119-107.[67]

Lemieux vs. O'Sullivan[edit]

In July 2018, Estephan began negotiating a deal for Lemieux to fight Irish boxer Gary O'Sullivan (28-2, 21 KOs) in the fall. The fight was likely to take place on the undercard of the Álvarez vs. Golovkin rematch, where O'Sullivan was already guaranteed a spot to fight. Lemieux had also been chasing the fight himself and taken to social media for months.[68] After winning defeating Elias Espadas on July 21, Olympic medalist Yamaguchi Falcao, (16-0, 7 KOs) also made it known that he would fight Lemieux in September 2018.[69] On August 1, via Irishboxing.com, O'Sulivan accepted the challenge and signed the contract a week later, awaiting confirmation of purse information.[70][71]

Personal life[edit]

Lemieux is a resident of Cartierville, a Montreal suburb. He has a son, Léon from a previous relationship, the mother later left to Moscow. A second child; a daughter who speaks Armenian as her first language, was born through another relationship. Lemieux speaks five languages: French, English, Armenian, Arabic, and Spanish (with French & English being his primary two languages of everyday use).[72][73]

Lemieux was managed for many years by Group Yvon Michel (GYM). Starting January 2015 he was managed by Camille Estephan, a Lebanese Canadian entrepreneur and promoter and owner of Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM).[74][75]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
43 fights 39 wins 4 losses
By knockout 33 2
By decision 6 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
44 N/A N/A Republic of Ireland Gary O'Sullivan N/A – (10) Sep 15, 2018 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
43 Win 39–4 France Karim Achour UD 12 May 26, 2018 Canada Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
42 Loss 38–4 United Kingdom Billy Joe Saunders UD 12 Dec 16, 2017 Canada Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada For WBO middleweight title
41 Win 38–3 Mexico Marcos Reyes UD 10 May 6, 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40 Win 37–3 United States Curtis Stevens KO 3 (12), 1:59 Mar 11, 2017 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S. Won WBC Continental Americas and vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight titles
39 Win 36–3 Argentina Cristian Rios UD 10 Oct 22, 2016 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
38 Win 35–3 United States Glen Tapia TKO 4 (10), 0:56 May 7, 2016 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBONABO middleweight title
37 Loss 34–3 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin TKO 8 (12), 1:32 Oct 17, 2015 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost IBF middleweight title;
For WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles
36 Win 34–2 France Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam UD 12 Jun 20, 2015 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant IBF middleweight title
35 Win 33–2 United States Gabriel Rosado TKO 10 (12), 1:45 Dec 6, 2014 United States Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained NABF middleweight title
34 Win 32–2 Dominican Republic Fernando Guerrero KO 3 (12), 1:56 May 24, 2014 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won NABF middleweight title
33 Win 31–2 Colombia Jose Miguel Torres TKO 7 (10), 1:48 Nov 30, 2013 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
32 Win 30–2 United States Marcus Upshaw UD 8 Sep 28, 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
31 Win 29–2 Poland Robert Swierzbinski KO 1 (8), 2:21 Jun 8, 2013 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
30 Win 28–2 Armenia Albert Ayrapetyan TKO 2 (10), 1:26 Dec 14, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
29 Win 27–2 Mexico Álvaro Gaona KO 1 (10), 2:48 Oct 12, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
28 Win 26–2 Mexico Jaudiel Zepeda KO 2 (8), 1:47 Jun 8, 2012 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
27 Loss 25–2 Canada Joachim Alcine MD 12 Dec 10, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost WBC International middleweight title
26 Loss 25–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Rubio TKO 7 (12), 2:36 Apr 8, 2011 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
25 Win 25–0 United States Purnell Gates TKO 2 (10), 2:50 Dec 3, 2010 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
24 Win 24–0 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho Jr. KO 1 (12), 3:00 Oct 29, 2010 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC International middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 United States Elvin Ayala KO 1 (12), 2:44 Jun 11, 2010 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC International middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 Canada Walid Smichet KO 2 (10), 0:57 Apr 3, 2010 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained Canada super-middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Canada Jason Naugler UD 10 Feb 6, 2010 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant Canada super-middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Delray Raines KO 2 (10), 2:51 Dec 11, 2009 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Alfredo Contreras KO 2 (8), 2:57 Nov 7, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18 Win 18–0 United States Donny McCrary KO 1 (8), 2:07 Oct 3, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Bladimir Hernandez KO 5 (8), 3:00 Aug 28, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Martin Avila TKO 2 (6), 1:17 Jun 19, 2009 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
15 Win 15–0 United States Thomas Davis KO 1 (6), 0:47 Apr 18, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Luis Roberto Reyes TKO 1 (8), 2:34 Mar 7, 2009 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Rogelio Sanchez TKO 3 (6), 3:00 Jan 30, 2009 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
12 Win 12–0 Canada Patrick Tessier TKO 2 (6), 2:50 Nov 1, 2008 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant Quebec Boxing Council light-middleweight title
11 Win 11–0 United States Lance Moody KO 1 (6), 2:15 Oct 4, 2008 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Ulises Duarte TKO 1 (4), 1:45 Aug 1, 2008 Canada Windsor Station, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Oswaldo Gonzalez TKO 2 (6), 1:53 Jul 11, 2008 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Julio Gonzalez TKO 2 (6), 2:28 Jun 6, 2008 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0 United States Rodney Green TKO 4 (4), 1:00 May 3, 2008 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Guillermo Cortez KO 1 (4), 2:44 Feb 9, 2008 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Jesus Ortega KO 1 (4), 1:30 Dec 7, 2007 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Rene Fernandez KO 2 (4), 2:12 Sep 15, 2007 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Andres Lovera KO 2 (4), 2:59 Jun 8, 2007 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Jose Luis Alvarez TKO 2 (4), 1:06 May 12, 2007 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Jose Candelario Torres TKO 2 (4), 3:00 Apr 14, 2007 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Professional debut

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
October 17, 2015 Golovkin vs. Lemieux Golovkin vs. Lemieux 150,000[76] HBO

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