Lemieux takes out Stevens in three, sets up future bout with Canelo?
By Hector Franco
March 12, 2017
NEW YORK – Last night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) emphatically knocked out Curtis Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) in the third round with a beautiful left hook.
The fight started off at a fast pace with Lemieux immediately on the attack putting pressure on Stevens. Lemieux was throwing sharp punches in combination pushing Stevens back. It looked like it could be a short night for Stevens as he was stunned with a right hand and a left hook in the first round.
The second round was more of the same as Lemieux continued to overwhelm Stevens with his volume and activity. Stevens did, however, land a great left hook to the body towards the end of the round. The beginning of the third round seemed to mark a change in momentum as Stevens began to let his hands go and land some combinations on Lemieux.
This was, however, a mirage as the two men got close to the ropes and traded left hooks. Lemieux’s left hook landed right on the chin and knocked Stevens out cold. The fight was stopped at the 1:59 mark of the third round.
Stevens was taken out of the ring on a stretcher but seemed to be okay after a scary few minutes where he didn’t move after the knockout.
Now that Lemieux has dispatched Stevens fans are left wondering what will be next for the Montreal native. Since Lemieux is signed with Golden Boy Promotions, a fight in the future with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) may be in order. Alvarez faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) this upcoming in May and afterward, fans are expecting a fight with Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs).
If a fight between Alvarez and Golovkin doesn’t materialize fans would welcome a fight between Alvarez and Lemieux. Besides Golovkin, Lemieux may be the biggest puncher at middleweight. Last year, Alvarez and Golden Boy wanted to stage a fight in New York but were halted due to a hand injury to Alvarez. A fight with Lemieux could bring that opportunity back to the forefront.
Lemieux spoke with HBO’s Max Kellerman after the Stevens fight about his plans for the future.
(Feature Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions)