Does David Lemieux really have a chance?
In Glendale, Arizona, the first shots will be fired on Saturday night.
David Lemieux is 33 years old and has seen many other wars before, but he launched the war cry: “If it is a war that David Benavidez wants, there will be a war, I guarantee it…
If you loot at the bookies, David Lemieux (43-4-0—36 KOs) has very little chance of defeating David Benavidez (25-0-0—22 KOs).
On the other hand, almost all connoisseurs believe that this match will never go to the limit because of the striking force of the two pugilists.
The match is important, especially for Lemieux. If he wins, the hope of becoming champion is reborn. If he loses… it is uncertainty.
Will he continue, or will he hang up his gloves?
Hard to believe, but it’s now been fifteen years since David Lemieux fought his first pro fight. It was on April 14, 2007, at the Casino de Montréal, that he won his first success against Jose Candellario Torres.
Since then, he has experienced the euphoria of victory and the bitterness of defeat.
In 2015, he was champion for four months before handing over his crown to Gennady Golovkin.
Since then, he has maintained a 9-1-0 — 5 KOs record, losing only to Billy Joe Saunders in Montreal in 2017.
Lemieux is now 33 years old. That’s eight years older than his next rival David Benavidez.
According to American connoisseurs, Lemieux has virtually no or little chance of defeating Benavidez. We really believe that he is on the decline, and we have no respect for his striking force.
However, he shows 36 K-O. in 43 victories which gives an average of 76.6% of opponents who could not hold the blow against him.
The question we must ask ourselves is: Does Lemieux have the talent to defeat a young opponent who has never experienced defeat so far and who has a greater strike force than his own?
In short, what is left for Lemieux? His strike force? It’s always the last thing an aging boxer loses.
Lemieux has won his last five fights since his setback against Billy Joe Saunders.
It is claimed that his rivals were second-class boxers. Their combined record is 148 wins against 18 losses. At Benavidez, his last five opponents have compiled a record of 117 triumphs against 7 losses.
On the other hand, we must remember that the last four rivals of Benavidez are all ranked among the 50 best in the world by Box Rec. This is far from being the case at Lemieux.
Lemieux has always looked good against ordinary boxers. But every time he faced a high-class rival, he found himself losing.
This was the case against Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders, where he was totally washed out.
It is in his head that it will happen, and we will see it from the first moments of the confrontation. If he fails to get close to his rival and he has to fight from a distance, he will quickly be overshadowed.
To win, he absolutely must break through this defense of Benavidez, who has shown very little respect for the Quebecer so far.
Benavidez talked a lot more about his next rival Caleb Plant than about Lemieux during his training camp.
In boxing, anything can happen. A well-applied shot, and voila. Who will play this trick on the other?
Prediction: Benavidez by K.-O. before the 8the round
It is in Plant City, Florida, that Jean Pascal will make his return to the ring Friday night after an absence of two and a half years. It will be recalled that Pascal had been suspended for six months for using doping products.
His task will not be easy. He faced the 8e best contender of the WBC and the crown of Artur Beterbiev. Fanlong Meng (17-0-0—10 KOs) has never experienced defeat and still dreams of one day facing Artur Beterbiev.
Prediction: Meng, by decision
Quickly… Quickly… Quickly… Zurdo is now at 44
Gilberto Ramirez continued his dominance in the light heavyweight by defeating Dominic Boesel by knockout in the 4th. His name can already be found in three major associations, the WBC, the IBF, and the WBO.
He stepped into the ring at 204 pounds, 29 pounds more than at the weigh-in.
1st defeat for Yoka
2016 Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka of France (11-1-0—9 KOs) visited the mat on two occasions only to lose the decision to Martin Bakole (18-1-0—13 KOs) last Saturday in Paris.
It was Yoka’s first career loss, and it was also his first time on the mat.
Our fight on Saturday
At Resorts World in Las Vegas, Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (11-0-0—7 KOs), Demetrius Andrade’s second-time middleweight WBO crown contender, faces Danny Dignum (14-0-0—8 KOs) in a fight for the interim title.
This match will be shown on RDS2 and RDS Direct starting at 10 p.m.
Prediction: Alimkhanuly by decision
A thought for Arturo
Twenty years ago, on May 18, Micky Ward won the honors in the first of three fights against Arturo Gatti. The match was so exciting that it was chosen as the match of the year by the Boxing Columnists Association of the United States.
After a 17-year career and a bitter loss to Kell Brook last February, Amir Khan (34-6-0—21 KOs) decided to hang up his gloves for good.
“Big baby is back”
On June 25, heavyweight Jarrell Miller (23-0-0—20 KOs) will be back in the ring in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old Miller is a repeat offender of the products defended in boxing and has not boxed for nearly three and a half years.
For the moment, the name of Miller’s rival, Tyson Fury’s former training partner, is unknown.
The Krusher is back
After more than two years away from the ring, Sergey Kovalev (35-4-1—19 KOs) returned to victory by giving Tervel Pulev (16-1-0—13 KOs) his first career setback. Kovalev was in his first light heavyweight game.
From football to boxing
Former San Francisco 49ers ball carrier Frank Gore earned his first pro win by passing the knockout to Yaya Olorunsola (0-2-0—0 KOs).
Gore is 39 years old, but he intends to continue his boxing career.