WBC Interim Super Middleweight Title | A “decisive fight” for David Lemieux

David Benavidez is “tall, fat and powerful”. On the way up. But David Lemieux didn’t hesitate when the opportunity presented itself.

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Jean Francois Teotonio

Jean Francois Teotonio
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“I never hesitated against an opponent,” the Quebec boxer clarified via video conference on Tuesday.

A trait appreciated by his antagonist on May 21 in Glendale, Arizona.

“I have so much respect for David Lemieux,” said the American. He accepted the fight on the spot, without asking any questions. »

It has to be said that Lemieux’s opportunity is great. If he wins in Benavidez at the Gila River Arena in May, he will hold the interim WBC super middleweight title.

This could put him in direct competition with Saul “Canelo” Álvarez for the world title in this category.

It’s a unique opportunity, Lemieux commented on Tuesday. “Benavidez is a great opponent. A win against him would put me at the top of the world where I want to be. »

But the challenge is daunting. David Benavidez (25-0-0, 22 KOs) is undefeated. He is only 25 years old. And stopped four of his last five fights before the limit. The American will also box at home near Phoenix.

“Nothing is impossible,” said the Quebec boxer. just do the work Nobody is invincible or invincible. By not underestimating your opponents, surprises can happen. I plan to bring this title home.

“It’s a very, very big fight. A crucial fight in my career. »

An important topic

At 33, Lemieux (43-4-0, 36 KOs), himself a former IBF champion, may not see such opportunities again. He’s aware of that, even if he doesn’t see this confrontation as the last chance of his career to cause a sensation.

It’s a big one [occasion] that I don’t want to miss. At my age, at the stage of my career, I don’t want to miss my chance. But I don’t feel stuck.

David Lemieux

“It does not matter how old […], you don’t get many opportunities to make your mark in a boxing ring. Especially not in a fight of this magnitude. For a World Cup. There’s a lot at stake for me. And for him too. He wants to make a statement. »

Lemieux rose in the weight class to super middleweight (168 pounds) in 2019. And since then he has been undefeated in three fights.

“Eight pounds makes a big difference,” explains the 160-pound middleweight carrier for most of his career. […] I’m comfortable with the 168 weight. I train really hard and feel great. »

“I think I’ll be at the peak of my strength on May 21,” said the Montrealer.

That’s what the other David expects too.

“It won’t be easy to stop David Lemieux,” admitted Benavidez. I’ve been training for months. […] We both want to take the next step in our careers. »

A slugger matchup is promised on May 21st.

“There will be tricks, that’s for sure,” said Lemieux. There will be two cops in the ring. »

Same story for Benavidez.

“It will be a war from round 1 to round 12, the American assures. We know that when Lemieux is ready, he’s a beast. Being challenged like this brings out the best in me. »

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