Laval s David Lemieux puts NABO title on line against Curtis Stevens
|Montreal Gazette 16 Jan 2017 at 15:26|
David Lemieux of Laval, right, throws a right at Glen Tapia during the NABO middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen / Getty Images
Former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion David Lemieux returns to the ring March 11 in upstate New York against American Curtis Stevens.
The 12-round bout, to be staged at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, will be televised by HBO as part of its Boxing After Dark series.
Lemieux, from Laval, has a record of 36-3 with 32 knockouts. He’ll be attempting to defend his North American Boxing Organization 160-pound title against Stevens, who hails from Brooklyn. Stevens, a former North American Boxing Federation champ, has a record of 29-5 with 21 KOs.
Lemieux is coming off successive victories against Glen Tapia and Cristian Fabian Rios. Lemieux managed to stop Tapia, who’s trained by the legendary Freddie Roach, in the fourth round.
“The time for talking is done,” Lemieux stated in a news release. “After many long months of hearing Curtis yell about all the things he’s going to do in the ring, I’m really looking forward to shutting his mouth March 11. I’ve told everyone my goal is to once again become middleweight champion of the world. Curtis is in the way and I’m going to go right through him.”
Stevens also has won his last two bouts. He recorded a thunderous knockout against previously undefeated Patrick Teixeira last May, followed by a unanimous decision against James de la Rosa.
“The wait is finally over,” Stevens said in a news release. “No more talking. My hands will do the talking on March 11.”
Lemieux, 28, captured the vacant IBF title with a unanimous decision against Hassan N’Dam at the Bell Centre in June 2015, recording a unanimous decision. But Lemieux then lost the crown in his first defence, the following October, when he was stopped in the eighth round by Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden.
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