Tommy Barber – London
David Lemieux took an incredible record into his world title eliminator test against experienced boxer Marco Antonio Rubio at the Bell Center, Montreal, Canada on Friday April 8 yet suffered his first career defeat as Rubio knocked the 22-year-old out in seven rounds.
With the defeat, Lemieux slumped to 25-1-0 with 24 knockouts in that spell while Rubio rose to 50-5-1 with 44 wins by way of knockout.
Lemieux’s trainer decided to stop the fight in the seventh round so as to avoid his fighter sustaining any injury that could potentially jeopardise a long and successful career.
Prior to the stoppage, Lemieux was leading on the judges’ scorecards (59-55). Following the fight, Rubio said, as reported by Boxing Scene: “I knew it would be a tough fight. I was well prepared and I worked to have the ability to withstand [his punches] and recover.
“I was ready for twelve rounds and things were going according to my prediction. David is an excellent boxer and I am sure that he will be successful. For my part, I am ready to face [Sebastian] Zbik, [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr and [Sergio] Martinez. I have the experience and the skills to do so.”
He added: My goal is to be the world champion and I am ready to face any opponent who will face me.”
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