David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) plans on making Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) pay for the disrespect that he’s shown him when the two of them share the ring this Saturday night in their scheduled 12 round fight on HBO Boxing After Dark (BAD) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
Both fighters are former knockout victims of middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and both of them have recently turned their careers around with victories. Both fighters cannot afford to lose at their point in their careers if they want to turn things around completely and get another world title shot.
Lemieux lost his International Boxing Federation 160 lb. title to Golovkin in October 2015 in getting stopped in round 8. Lemieux gave it his best shot, but he wasn’t good enough to compete with GGG. The results of that fight showed that Lemieux wasn’t ready to fight someone that good. The positive that came from the fight was it gave Lemieux areas that he needs to improve on like in the head movement department. He was getting hit with everything Golovkin threw in the fight, and the reason for that is that he wasn’t moving his head.
“The last time that my opponent spoke so much and I so disliked him, I believe it was Delray Raines,” said Lemieux. “I broke three of his ribs and his nose. It didn’t end up very well for him…I couldn’t be more prepared for a fight. I have one objective in mind: I want to take his head off.”
Lemieux is making a big deal about him hurting and stopping journeyman Delray Raines eight years ago in 2009. That was a long time ago, and Lemieux has tasted defeat three times since then fight in losing to Marco Antonio Rubio, Joachim Alcine and Golovkin.
Besides Golovkin, Lemieux and Sevens share a common opponent in Hassan N’Dam. While Stevens lost to him by a 10 round unanimous decision to him in 2014, Lemieux beat N’Dam by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2015.
Stevens has so much power going for him that he can turn around and beat Lemieux regardless of how the two fared against N’Dam. Stevens is dangerous early in his fights. If the 31-year-old Stevens can get to Lemieux’s chin or body early with his big left hook, he could defeat him.
“Stevens put a lot of oil in the fire with his disrespectful comments and he will pay for it,” said Lemieux…”I had an exceptional camp and we have prepared for this fight very seriously. We are ready for the best Stevens there is, going 12 rounds if needed. I guarantee you that it will be a rough night for him.”