David Lemieux (boxer)

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David Lemieux
Statistics
Rated at Light-middleweight
Middleweight
Super-middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 12 in (1.77 m)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1988-12-22) December 22, 1988 (age 27)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 38
Wins 35
Wins by KO 32
Losses 3

David Lemieux (born December 22, 1988) is a Canadian professional boxer.[1] He is a former IBF middleweight champion and currently holds the NABO middleweight title.

Early life[edit]

Lemieux was born in Montreal, Quebec on December 22, 1988 to a French father and a Lebanese Armenian mother, Aznive Khavloudjian. The couple divorced after having one son, the 2-year senior to David. David on the other hand 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, 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 boxing career[edit]

Lemieux began boxing at the age of nine. He won the Canadian Amateur Championship three times.[2]

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.

Professional boxing 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.[2] 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.

World Middleweight title Contender[edit]

Loss to Rubio[edit]

On April 8, 2011 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Lemieux was featured in the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights. His opponent was Marco Antonio Rubio, who came to the fight with a record of 49-5-1 (43 KOs). Lemieux was favored to win in his hometown against the Mexican veteran. 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.

Loss to Alcine[edit]

In a huge upset, former world champion Joachim Alcine defeated Lemieux at the Bell Centre in Montreal, on December 10, 2011. 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.[3]

Comeback Trail[edit]

Since 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. Lemieux dominated Guerrero, repeatedly dropping him before finishing him off in the third round with a brutal right uppercut. His next bout would be against middleweight fringe contender Gabriel Rosado. 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.

IBF Middleweight Champion[edit]

Lemieux vs. N'Dam N'Jikam[edit]

On June 20 2015, Lemieux fought Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (31-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant IBF Middleweight Championship, again in Montreal. 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, setting up a showdown in October with unbeaten Gennady Golovkin, considered to be the best middleweight fighter in the world in 2015.[4]

Lemieux vs. Golovkin[edit]

Lemieux lost his IBF Middleweight title to Gennady Golovkin on October 17, 2015 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).[5]

Second Comeback Trail[edit]

Lemieux vs. Tapia[edit]

It was announced on March 17th, 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 catch-weight, but he failed to make weight, many believe this was done intentionally so he could fight at the new arena.[6] 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. [7]

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.[8][9]

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).[10][11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (32 knockouts, 3 decisions), 3 Losses (2 knockout, 1 decision), 0 Draws[12]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 35-3 United States Glen Tapia TKO 4 (10) 2016-05-07 United States T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant NABO Middleweight title.
Loss 34–3 Kazakhstan Gennady Golovkin TKO 8 (12) 2015-10-17 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York Lost IBF Middleweight title.
For WBA (Super), IBO & interim WBC Middleweight titles
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Win 34–2 Cameroon Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam UD 12 2015-06-20 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant IBF Middleweight title.
Win 33–2 United States Gabriel Rosado TKO 10 (12) 2014-12-06 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Retained NABF Middleweight title.
Win 32–2 Dominican Republic Fernando Guerrero KO 3 (12) 2014-05-24 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won NABF Middleweight title.
Win 31–2 Colombia Jose Miguel Torres TKO 7 (10) 2013-11-30 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec
Win 30–2 United States Marcus Upshaw UD 8 2013-09-28 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 29–2 Poland Robert Swierzbinski TKO 1 (8) 2013-06-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 28–2 Armenia Albert Ayrapetyan TKO 2 (10) 2012-12-14 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 27–2 Mexico Álvaro Gaona KO 1 (10) 2012-10-12 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 26–2 Mexico Jaudiel Zepeda KO 2 (8) 2012-06-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Loss 25–2 Canada Joachim Alcine MD 12 2011-12-10 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Lost WBC International Middleweight title.
Loss 25–1 Mexico Marco Antonio Rubio TKO 7 (12) 2011-04-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec WBC Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 25–0 United States Purnell Gates TKO 2 (10) 2010-12-03 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 24–0 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho, Jr. KO 1 (12) 2010-10-29 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Retained WBC International Middleweight title.
Win 23–0 United States Elvin Ayala KO 1 (12) 2010-06-11 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant WBC International Middleweight title.
Win 22–0 Canada Walid Smichet KO 2 (10) 2010-04-03 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec Retained Canadian Super Middleweight title.
Win 21–0 Canada Jason Naugler UD 10 2010-02-06 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant Canadian Super Middleweight title.
Win 20–0 United States Delray Raines KO 2 (10) 2009-12-11 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Middleweight title.
Win 19–0 Mexico Alfredo Contreras KO 2 (8) 2009-11-07 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 18–0 United States Donny McCrary KO 1 (8) 2009-10-03 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 17–0 Mexico Bladimir Hernandez KO 5 (8) 2009-08-28 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 16–0 Mexico Martin Avila TKO 2 (6) 2009-06-19 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 15–0 United States Thomas Davis KO 1 (6) 2009-04-18 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 14–0 Mexico Luis Roberto Reyes TKO 1 (8) 2009-03-07 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 13–0 Mexico Rogelio Sanchez TKO 3 (6) 2009-01-30 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 12–0 Canada Patrick Tessier TKO 2 (6) 2008-11-01 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant Quebec State Light Middleweight title.
Win 11–0 United States Lance Moody KO 1 (6) 2008-10-04 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 10–0 Mexico Ulises Duarte TKO 1 (4) 2008-08-01 Canada Gare Windsor, Montreal, Quebec
Win 9–0 Mexico Oswaldo Gonzalez TKO 2 (6) 2008-07-11 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win 8–0 Mexico Julio Gonzalez TKO 2 (6) 2008-06-06 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win 7–0 United States Rodney Green TKO 4 (4) 2008-05-03 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 6–0 Mexico Guillermo Cortez KO 1 (4) 2008-02-09 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 5–0 Mexico Jesus Ortega KO 1 (4) 2007-12-07 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 4–0 Mexico Rene Fernandez KO 2 (4) 2007-09-15 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 3–0 Mexico Andres Lovera KO 2 (4) 2007-06-08 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win 2–0 Mexico Jose Luis Alvarez TKO 2 (4) 2007-05-12 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec
Win 1–0 Mexico Jose Candelario Torres TKO 2 (4) 2007-04-14 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional/International Titles:

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Jermain Taylor
IBF Middleweight Champion
June 20, 2015 – October 17, 2015
Succeeded by
Gennady Golovkin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boxrec. "David Lemieux". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Doiron, Paul (October 16, 2009). "18 fights and 18 wins for young, upcoming boxer". Miramichi Leader (Brunswick News). p. C1. 
  3. ^ Eastsideboxing.com, 11 December 2011 Retrieved on 11 December 2011. The attendance was roughly 3,000 people.
  4. ^ Template:Cite web Lemieux was defeated via eighth round TKO.
  5. ^ "Golovkin dominates Lemieux". Sky Sports. 
  6. ^ "David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia added to Canelo-Khan card". Boxing News 24. 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  7. ^ "David Lemieux Beats Down Glen Tapia For TKO in Four - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  8. ^ Réjean Tremblay (7 June 2015). "David Lemieux, un boxeur qui vient de loin" (in French). Journal de montréal. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Amine Esseghir (19 June 2015). "David Lemieux, le petit gars de Cartierville veut sa ceinture" (in French). TC Media / Courrier Ahuntsic / Bordeaux-Cartierville. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Mathieu Boulay (30 March 2015). "Camille Estephan réplique à Yvon Michel" (in French). TVA Sports. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Jean-Luc Autret (22 January 2014). "Camille Estephan, un promoteur ambitieux" (in French). 12rounds.ca. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  12. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?cat=boxer&human_id=389447