SAN DIEGO, June 20, 2015 – David Lemieux and Hassan N’Dam showed why the middleweight division is among the most exciting in boxing with a spectacular show at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday. Lemieux prevailed in a unanimous decision against the tough N’Dam, winning the vacant IBF middleweight title and setting himself up for a big opportunity in the near future.
This fight will be on the short list for Fight of the Year, and Round 5 might end up as the Round of the Year. Every minute in all 12 rounds was action packed. Both Lemieux and N’Dam know just one speed and have a single focus, the ultimate destruction of their opponent. They don’t have a backward gear. They are raring to go when the bell sounds and their excellent conditioning allows them to keep it coming. It’s a “styles make fights” situation, exciting and entertaining as it gets.
Similar to his fight against Peter Quillin in 2012, Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) put N’Dam (33-2, 18 KOs), down onto the canvas four times in the bout, once in the second round, twice in the fifth, and again in the seventh. Every single time it seemed N’Dam wouldn’t make it out of the round, but he did. His resilience and determination is unmatched.
Lemieux dished out some impressive punishment, putting on a show for his hometown fans that was not for the faint of heart. Lemieux mixed up the attack, digging to the body and snapping shots to N’Dam’s head. But N’Dam continued to press the action and defend him, which is why the referee allowed the fight to continue. Having taken so much punishment from Lemieux, his punches didn’t have enough force to concern Lemieux too much.
There were no real losers in this fight. N’Dam earned tremendous admiration and any fan would welcome seeing him again. Lemieux vaulted himself onto the short list of top draws in boxing with this performance. Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions now look like geniuses for taking on the 26-year-old star in the making Lemieux and staging the fight in Montreal. An elated De La Hoya took to Twitter to post a message during the shout, shouting “Best fight of the night, Golden Boy knows how to do it!”
The only loser was HBO, which passed on broadcasting the bout in the United States. Only Fox Sports 2 took a chance on showing the bout, a cable channel not available on many systems. You could find it online if you were willing to hunt for it. It was likely the least viewed card of the night, a real shame. Look this one up on YouTube, you won’t regret it.
Discussion among fans immediately turned to the possibility of a dream fight between Lemieux and the monster at the top of the division, WBA champion Gennady Golovkin. It would be a unification fight, which Golovkin says he wants to do with the middleweight belts. But it might be a little too soon. Lemieux deserves to work his way through a few more opponents in the division, perhaps facing someone like Canelo Alvarez first before fighting Triple G at some point, perhaps later in 2016. As long as Lemieux gets back in the ring soon, fight fans shouldn’t be too greedy. HBO, don’t make the same mistake twice.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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