David Lemieux (boxer)
|Height||5 ft 9 1⁄2 in (1.77 m)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
December 22, 1988 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Wins by KO||32|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur boxing career
- 3 Professional boxing career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Professional boxing record
- 6 Titles in boxing
- 7 References
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
Lemieux began boxing at the age of nine. He won the Canadian Amateur Championship three times.
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
Although Lemieux planned to turn pro at 17, he was required to wait until he turned 18 because of Canadian Boxing Federation rules. 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
Loss to Rubio
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
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.
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
Lemieux vs. N'Dam N'Jikam
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.
Lemieux vs. Golovkin
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).
Second Comeback Trail
Lemieux vs. Tapia
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. 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. 
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.
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).
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (32 knockouts, 3 decisions), 3 Losses (2 knockout, 1 decision), 0 Draws|
|Win||35-3||Glen Tapia||TKO||4 (10)||2016-05-07||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant NABO Middleweight title.|
|Loss||34–3||Gennady Golovkin||TKO||8 (12)||2015-10-17||Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York||Lost IBF Middleweight title.
For WBA (Super), IBO & interim WBC Middleweight titles.
|Win||34–2||Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam||UD||12||2015-06-20||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant IBF Middleweight title.|
|Win||33–2||Gabriel Rosado||TKO||10 (12)||2014-12-06||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York||Retained NABF Middleweight title.|
|Win||32–2||Fernando Guerrero||KO||3 (12)||2014-05-24||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won NABF Middleweight title.|
|Win||31–2||Jose Miguel Torres||TKO||7 (10)||2013-11-30||Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec|
|Win||30–2||Marcus Upshaw||UD||8||2013-09-28||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||29–2||Robert Swierzbinski||TKO||1 (8)||2013-06-08||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||28–2||Albert Ayrapetyan||TKO||2 (10)||2012-12-14||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||27–2||Álvaro Gaona||KO||1 (10)||2012-10-12||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||26–2||Jaudiel Zepeda||KO||2 (8)||2012-06-08||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Loss||25–2||Joachim Alcine||MD||12||2011-12-10||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Lost WBC International Middleweight title.|
|Loss||25–1||Marco Antonio Rubio||TKO||7 (12)||2011-04-08||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||WBC Middleweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||25–0||Purnell Gates||TKO||2 (10)||2010-12-03||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||24–0||Héctor Camacho, Jr.||KO||1 (12)||2010-10-29||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Retained WBC International Middleweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Elvin Ayala||KO||1 (12)||2010-06-11||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant WBC International Middleweight title.|
|Win||22–0||Walid Smichet||KO||2 (10)||2010-04-03||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec||Retained Canadian Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Jason Naugler||UD||10||2010-02-06||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant Canadian Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Delray Raines||KO||2 (10)||2009-12-11||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Middleweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Alfredo Contreras||KO||2 (8)||2009-11-07||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||18–0||Donny McCrary||KO||1 (8)||2009-10-03||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||17–0||Bladimir Hernandez||KO||5 (8)||2009-08-28||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||16–0||Martin Avila||TKO||2 (6)||2009-06-19||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||15–0||Thomas Davis||KO||1 (6)||2009-04-18||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||14–0||Luis Roberto Reyes||TKO||1 (8)||2009-03-07||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||13–0||Rogelio Sanchez||TKO||3 (6)||2009-01-30||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||12–0||Patrick Tessier||TKO||2 (6)||2008-11-01||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec||Won vacant Quebec State Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||11–0||Lance Moody||KO||1 (6)||2008-10-04||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||10–0||Ulises Duarte||TKO||1 (4)||2008-08-01||Gare Windsor, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||9–0||Oswaldo Gonzalez||TKO||2 (6)||2008-07-11||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||8–0||Julio Gonzalez||TKO||2 (6)||2008-06-06||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||7–0||Rodney Green||TKO||4 (4)||2008-05-03||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||6–0||Guillermo Cortez||KO||1 (4)||2008-02-09||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||5–0||Jesus Ortega||KO||1 (4)||2007-12-07||Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||4–0||Rene Fernandez||KO||2 (4)||2007-09-15||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||3–0||Andres Lovera||KO||2 (4)||2007-06-08||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||2–0||Jose Luis Alvarez||TKO||2 (4)||2007-05-12||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||1–0||Jose Candelario Torres||TKO||2 (4)||2007-04-14||Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec||Professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
- Quebec State Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBC Youth Intercontinental Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- Canadian Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs)
- WBC International Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- NABF Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- IBF Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- NABO Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
Title last held byJermain Taylor
|IBF Middleweight Champion
June 20, 2015 – October 17, 2015
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