On The Beak – Admin
This past Saturday, December 10, in front of a packed house at Montreal’s Bell Centre in Canada, former junior middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19ko) turned in one of the most impressive performances of his 12-year professional career in winning an exciting 12-round decision over the highly regarded hometown favorite David Lemieux (25-2, 24ko). He now wants the premier attractions from 154lbs-160lbs…
Going into the fight, many viewed Alcine as a sacrificial lamb for the extremely dangerous Lemieux, who was coming off his first loss eight months earlier. All of the pre-fight talk leading up to the bout focused on how Lemieux was rededicated to the sport, had switched trainers, and was ready to resume his quest toward a world title. No one seemed to be paying much attention when Alcine calmly stated beforehand that he was finishing up his best ever training camp and that it was going to show come fight night.
When the fight started, Lemieux came out hard and fast as expected, bombing away with both hands looking to put an end to the fight quickly. Alcine had prepared for that though, DBE keeping a high guard to block many of the shots and staying on his toes moving effortlessly around the ring. Alcine, now 35 years old, was looking more like the fighter who, in 2007, went into the backyard of undefeated WBA light middleweight champion Travis Simms, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to take Simms’ title in dominant fashion via 12-round unanimous decision.
By the middle rounds, it was clear that Lemieux was tiring and Alcine, 13 years his senior, was the fresher of the two, boxing beautifully and even staggering the heavy-handed Lemieux on a few occasions. Heading into the championship rounds, the fight was close, but Alcine’s experience proved to be the difference, as he was able to sweep the last four rounds on the scorecards to win a majority decision with two tallies of 116-112 in his favor and the third judge calling the bout even at 114-114.
With his career back on track, Alcine has big plans for his immediate future.
“I’m ready to take care of business against anybody Lou DiBella puts in front of me. I can fight at 147, 154 or 160 pounds right now. I want the biggest and best fights out there for me. Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez are my top three targets right now but, like I said, I’ll fight anybody they put in front of me,” said Alcine.
Adviser Greg Leon commented: “With his stellar performance against David Lemieux, Joachim just showed the boxing world that his best days are still ahead of him. Joachim wants to fight the very best and Lou DiBella and I will work tirelessly to help him achieve his goals.”
On The Beak – Admin
Once considered a powerful prospect and touted as one to watch, Canadian 22-year-old David Lemieux suffered his second career setback on the spin as, in his immediate fight after succumbing to a seventh round knockout to Marco Antonio Rubio, he dropped a majority decision to former junior middleweight world champion of the WBA; Joachim Alcine. The two boxed at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on Saturday, December 10.
(Embedded video above credit – Youtube, ZoomboxCa)
(Embedded video above credit – Youtube, ZoomboxCa)
(Embedded video above credit – Youtube, ZoomboxCa)
Tommy Barber – London
Lineal middleweight challenger Darren Barker is going to get ravaged on Saturday, October 1 when he attempts to tame the animalistic Sergio Martinez at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. That is the view of young Canadian prospect David Lemieux, who has been training alongside and sparring with Martinez in the Argentine’s base at the World Crown Sports club in Oxnard, California.
“This guy, first of all, he’s such a gentleman to open his doors to his training camp and greet me like one of his own,” Lemieux said to Boxing Show TV, speaking highly of Martinez.
A regular on ESPN‘s popular fight series Friday Night Fights, Lemieux was developing a reputation as a powerful headhunter, fortified by a formidable knockout percentage of 96, however, his progression to the elite was stifled when he was stopped by Marco Antonio Rubio in one of the upsets of the year in April.
A middleweight campaigner, Lemieux (25-1-0, 24ko) linked up with Martinez for the majority of his camp as Maravilla prepared for Barker and the 22-year-old Canadian couldn’t help but be inspired by Sergio’s skills and his work-rate.
“Let me tell you something,” Lemieux said. “This guy is where he is because of what he does, the way he trains… he’s an exceptional fighter – an animal. We were training very hard, waking up at 4:30 every morning, running up a mountain or training – it was a great experience.
“I have no doubt he’s going to destroy Darren Barker,” he predicted of Martinez’s Saturday defence of The Ring magazine belt at 160lbs and the WBC Diamond title.
Having few willing contenders to choose from at middleweight, Martinez – who can still make weight at a super welterweight – has called out pound-for-pound rivals Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao for a catchweight fight at 150lbs Lemieux believes such a match-up would be close, but would stick with Martinez to prevail.
“Mayweather is… Martinez is very strong, very quick. He moves very well. Mayweather is extraordinary also. It’s a hard prediction. If I had money to put on it, I’d put it on Sergio. Both fighters are pound-for-pound excellent fighters. But Sergio Martinez is one helluva fighter.”
J.G Barrington – New York
IBF International Heavyweight title: Tomasz Adamek – UD – Kevin McBride [120-107, 119-108, 119-108]
Notes – Adamek dominated Irishman McBride over 12 rounds in what is most likely a tune-up for his September fracas with a Klitschko. Adamek, who is a ‘short’ heavyweight at 6’1.5 had little trouble locating a target much taller than he as McBride is measured at 6’6. McBride was deducted a point in the seventh due to holding. Embedded video above showcases a highlight reel from the fight (source – Youtube, Vvideostudio).
Heavyweight: Danny Williams – 1st Rd KO – Laszlo Toth
Notes – Prevented from boxing in his native England by the British Boxing Board of Control, Williams fights under his acronym of DPW. He made his opponent, Toth, look as much of a palooka as his previous adversary, Roth, winning his second successive early knockout victory in Germany.
Notes – In a particularly strange encounter, Gevor was disqualified from his bout with Stieglitz due to an apparent clash of heads… or maybe it was the UFC style throw to the canvas that was a case of both men pushing their say, rather than Gevor getting disgruntled. He even attacked the referee. Stieglitz retained his WBO belt. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In the first major stunner of the weekend, experienced Rubio dropped Lemieux, ruining the Canadian’s unblemished record. Rubio is now the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap at middleweight, which could mean a dust-up with the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or Sergio Martinez. For a video of the complete fight click here.
Notes – In another shock upset for the weekend, unheralded Japanese middleweight Ishida, 35, obliterated previously undefeated James Kirkland in a single round. Ishida thrice knocked Kirkland down before referee Joe Cortez called off the fight – much to the dismay of the loser. For scorecard, round summary, video and reaction of the Kirkland kayo, click here.
Welterweight: Paulie Malignaggi – UD – Jose Miguel Cotto [99-11, 99-91, 97-93]
Notes – Magic Man Malignaggi pulled out one of the most aggressive performances of his career as, even though he was never going to knock Jose Cotto out, he toyed with the Puerto Rican – successfully seeking revenge for losing a unanimous decision to sibling Miguel Cotto five years ago. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Interim WBA World Super Lightweight title: Marcos Maidana – MD – Erik Morales [116-112, 116-112, 114-114]
Notes – Morales stood up to Maidana’s power and relentlessness while dishing back beautiful combinations. For the second successive year, Maidana is involved in a Fight of the Year candidate (three if you include his kayo win over Victor Ortiz). An ugly swelling caused one of Morales’ eyes to close so he fought 11 rounds like a cyclops. They must do a rematch. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
Super Lightweight: Danny Garcia – UD – Nate Campbell [100-90, 99-91, 98-92]
Notes – Campbell suffered successive defeat as Garcia bettered him in every single round according to one of the judge’s scorecards. The Philly boxer maintained an unbeaten record in one of three untelevised bouts at the Action Heroes event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Interim WBA/WBO World Lightweight title: Robert Guerrero – UD – Michael Katsidis [118-106, 118-107, 117-108]
Notes – Guerrero looked a league above Katsidis, putting on a boxing clinic. He almost won every round had it not been for a late surge from Mick. The Aussie found great success with scything body shots which begs the question why he didn’t continue with that tactic. Guerrero will now most likely be matched up with a world champion. For scorecard and round by round summary click here. For post-fight reaction click here.
WBC World Super Featherweight title: Toshiaki Nishioka – 9th Rd KO – Mauricio Javier Munoz
Notes – As expected, Nishioka preserved his world champion status with a knockout victory over a tough Argentine who had only been twice defeated before. Nishioka won the bout with a flush left hook followed up with another brutal left to finish the job with just moments left in the 9th. “I think I galvanised Japan a little bit when the country is facing so many problems,” Nishioka beamed after the bout.
WBC World Featherweight title: Jhonny Gonzalez – 4th Rd TKO Hozumi Hasegawa
Notes – Gonzalez scored his eight successive kayo victory after losing by knockout to Nishioka. Hasegawa was down in the 4th and lost the WBC belt that he had only just won. Hasegawa demonstrated good speed to start, however, Gonzalez’s power proved too much for the Japanese featherweight.
British Bantamweight title: Stuart Hall – 5th Rd TKO – John Donnelly
Notes – Hall continued his command over the domestic bantamweight division in Britain with another stoppage, this time over Donnelly. Hall rises to 11-0-0 with 7 knockouts within that spell. Donnelly faced a count in the fourth and two again in the following round before the fight was called off.
WBO Female Super Featherweight title: Ramona Kuehne – UD – Arleta Krausova [118-112, 116-113, 113-115]
Notes – Female German super featherweight superstar Kuehne is as good as she is beautiful and once again she successfully defended three titles; one of them a world title. Krausova was a little known prospect having fought just three times but Kuehne had all the answers and took yet another woman’s zero.
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.”
(Each embedded video above is sourced from Youtube, MrSomeone090 and ESPN2).
Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Rising pound-for-pound star Sergio Martinez would pose few threats to headhunting Canadian middleweight contender David Lemieux, according to Lemieux, who believes he would be able to cut the ring off and force the Argentine, who is the current incumbent of the WBC’s Diamond belt, into a brawl.
Martinez (47-2-2, 26ko) is referred to as a late blooming athlete, however, the claim is a misnomer for ‘Maravila’ has long possessed the ability yet has only recently received the deserved acclaim.
The current king of the 160lb weight class, with his movie star looks, cemented his name within the international boxing scene with a strong stoppage over Alex Bunema to win the interim light middleweight strap in 2008.
Impressive performances against Kermit Cintron, Paul Williams, Kelly Pavlik and Sergiy Dzinziruk followed and now Martinez is the man being pursued by all the contenders at middleweight.
Lemieux (25-0-0, 24ko), a 22-year-old, believes he is the fighter capable of ruining Martinez’s current run. He told Boxing Scene: “I believe that I would break Martinez down and then I would look for an opportunity for a knockout.”
Martinez has an awkward style. He is able to land a number of punches because he shoots from his hip, however, this means that he has a low guard as his hands are often by his waist. His main form of defence is foot speed and head movement. Lemieux has identified this as a weakness in his boxing style.
“He does get him and he’s open for some of my shots. He’s a very good fighter but I think and believe that I would be able to break him down and then finish him off.
“I would cut off the ring and make Martinez fight in a phone booth. I’ve been trained very well and I know how to move; I’m a very good, aggressive fighter. I cut off the ring well and I cut down fighters.
“I would be able to do that against Sergio Martinez. That would be no problem for me.”
Lemieux boxes Marco Antonio Rubio on Friday evening in a WBC Middleweight title eliminator, meaning the winner could be an eventual opponent for Martinez, who is currently the WBC’s ‘Champion Emeritus’.