Many fighters are compared to Mike Tyson, but in terms of style and intent, David Lemieux is the closest thing we have to the former heavyweight champion in modern boxing.
Sporting black shorts and black boots, the muscular and compact Canadian comes hard out of the blocks. Everything he throws, he throws with maximum torque and terrifying ferocity, looking as though he wants to finish the fight every single second. There is not one fighter in boxing, nay combat sports as a whole, that is more KO-focused than Lemieux.
Last night, the 28-year-old middleweight took on fellow banger Curtis Stevens at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, upstate New York. It was a fight that promised much in the way of action and seemed to guarantee a violent conclusion. It delivered in a big way on both counts.
For a little over two and half rounds, the pair dealt almost exclusively in power punches at a rate that was quite obviously impossible to maintain for the 12-round distance.
However, as had been the case in 32 of his previous 36 victories, Lemieux found the shots to render the three judges seated at ringside surplus to requirements.
In the third, Stevens, who was having his moments, backed up against the ropes, where he was hit with a percussive and pulverising right hand. Stunned, he became an easy target for Lemieux, who followed up with a anaesthetising left hook. Stevens hit the deck with an unceremonious thud, utterly unconscious.
The American had to be stretchered from the ring.
Night night! 💤
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— Mookie Hassan (@TheChosenGood) March 12, 2017
The win moved Lemieux to 37-3 as a pro, while Stevens dropped to 29-6. It was Lemieux’s third straight win since a decision defeat to heavy-handed Kazakh Gennady Golovkin in October of 2015. Stevens saw a two-fight winning-run brought to an end.