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Lemieux, Rubio Post-Fight Quotes on Fight Outcome

by Richard Cloutier

"I'll come back stronger next time! - David Lemieux

On April 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, middleweight David Lemieux (25-1-0) suffered his first defeat when his corner called for the abandonment of his fight, at 2:36 of the 7th round, when he was completely overwhelmed by his rival - Mexico's Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1).
 
As expected, the two boxers fought a real war throughout the fight. But it was the experience of Rubio that broke the spirit of Lemieux, and left him gaining confidence and losing their energy.

"This tactic was better than mine," said Lemieux briefly.
 
For his part, trainer Russ Anber explained why he decided to end the fight.

"I made this decision because David is 22 years old and has a big career ahead of him. We were in combat and the risks were too great for his future. "
 
Promoter Yvon Michel downplayed the impact of this first defeat. "

"It slows down his momentum a littel, but we do not see a major setback in his career. He will most likely remain ranked in the top five."

Before the stoppage, Lemieux led the fight largely by a score of 59-55 on the cards of the three judges.

For his part, Marco Antonio Rubio said he never felt discouraged despite the charges of his opponent.

"I knew it would be a tough fight. I was well prepared and I worked to have the ability to withstand [his punhces] 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 very successful. For my part, I am ready to face Zbik, Chavez and Martinez. I have the experience and the skills to do so. My goal is to be the world champion and I am ready to face any opponent who will face me. " 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by starsjuicebar on 04-09-2011

Lemieux is all offence and at the upper level his D needs help , but his chin has been exposed and we might see harder fights for him at the club fight level.

Comment by Lorily on 04-09-2011

[quote=SluggerFan;10349675]I agree. I think his trainer is too emotionally attached to Lemieux. This is the first fight Lemieux was taking shots and his trainer pannicked and acted a little too soon. I do feel if Lemieux cound have made it…

Comment by SluggerFan on 04-09-2011

[QUOTE=Lorily;10349499]David is a fighter who is both young and talented, and this loss could be both good and bad for him. Good in the sense that he could very well come back stronger in the future, and bad because his…

Comment by adamk1304 on 04-09-2011

On a side note, Rubio looks like a cheery Adolf Hitler.

Comment by adamk1304 on 04-09-2011

I always like to see a fighter take a loss like a man rather than *****ing and coming out with the usual "I don't want to make any excuses, but..." crap. Lemieux is only young and I'm sure he will…

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