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David Lemieux Knocks Curtis Stevens Out Cold in Three

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By Keith Idec

VERONA, N.Y. – David Lemieux made Curtis Stevens pay for all his pre-fight trash talk Saturday night.

Lemieux’s left hook knocked Stevens unconscious in the third round of their scheduled 12-round middleweight fight at Turning Stone Resort Casino. The former IBF middleweight champion’s crushing punch left Stevens out cold, underneath a bottom rope.

The scary scene prompted an immediate response from emergency personnel at ringside. Brooklyn’s Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs) was taken from the ring on a stretcher, but by then was conscious and signaled to his promoter, Main Events’ Kathy Duva, that he was OK.

Just before landing that devastating punch, Stevens partially blocked a right hand by Lemieux. Stevens prepared to throw a counter, but Lemieux’s left hook beat him there and ended the fight in spectacular fashion.

Referee Charlie Fitch stopped the fight immediately, at 1:59 of the third round.

“I told you before I did it,” Lemieux told HBO’s Max Kellerman in the ring. “I told you what I was gonna do tonight and I did it. I hope he’s healthy and everything is good.”

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Montreal’s Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs) seemed to hurt Stevens toward the end of the first round, when Lemieux went after Stevens’ body with hard left hooks and backed him into the ropes. Stevens got Lemieux’s attention with a right hand early in the second round, which made Lemieux move backward.

Later in the second round, however, Lemieux landed several power shots of his own. A round later, he scored a highlight-reel knockout against an opponent who clearly had gotten under his skin during a contentious buildup toward their HBO “Boxing After Dark” main event.

“It was a perfect connection,” Lemieux said. “It’s what we’ve been practicing for and what we’ve been looking forward to do.”

The 28-year-old Lemieux has won each of his three bouts by knockout since undisputed middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) stopped him in the eighth round of their October 2015 fight at Madison Square Garden. The 32-year-old Stevens, who was stopped by Golovkin in their November 2013 fight, lost by technical knockout for the third time in his career.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Wjoe on 06-22-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17500522]I think that the difference in skill would be apparent early, and Canelo would expose Lemieux badly[/QUOTE] That's very true and even though Lemieux is one of my top 5 favourites he does not belong in the ring with Canelo.

Comment by uppercut510 on 03-14-2017

Lemiux should be in the top 5 p4p now!!!!!

Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-14-2017

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;17500755]Like the majority of its history?[/QUOTE] no, there were MUCH higher caliber fighters campaigning at middleweight back in the day..... in the 10 years from 85-95 you had guys like Hagler McCallum Barkley Jackson Benn Eubank McClellan Nunn James Toney…

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 03-13-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17500687]late 80's - early 90's..... same thing would mentioning more have changed anything ? it is easy to see that this middleweight era is very average[/QUOTE] Like the majority of its history?

Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-13-2017

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;17500572]You mean early 90s? So you only brought up one in the history of MW boxing? Like I've been saying, MW has always been overrated.[/QUOTE] late 80's - early 90's..... same thing would mentioning more have changed anything ? it…

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