After several months of inactivity directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, boxing in Quebec will resume on Saturday night at the Center Gervais-Auto in Shawinigan.
In the main event of the card presented by Eye of The Tiger Management, former IBF middleweight world champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34 KOs) will collide with Francy Ntetu (17-3, 4 KOs) at the super middleweight limit of 168-pounds.
The last time Lemieux saw action in December, he barely defeated Max Bursak with a razor close split decision. In a very physical fight, Lemieux went down twice and also dropped Bursak once.
Lemieux has now won three in a row, while Ntetu has been knocked out in three of his last four fights. He's not won a fight since 2017.
The two boxers came together earlier this week at the final press conference - and they traded heavy words.
However, that did not prevent him from showing a very high level of confidence when asked about his chances of winning.
“I know myself and I know David. My victory will be unequivocal,” Ntetu told QMI Agency.
This statement raised Lemieux's eyebrows. The powerful slugger couldn't help but retort.
"If he really knew me, he would never have agreed to step into the ring with me on Saturday," Lemieux said.
Ntetu was certainly not going to allow Lemieux have the last word.
“I'm not here to talk,” Ntetu replied. "The last time Lemieux spoke about an opponent, we know how it went for him. He should be quiet. David says he's hungry? That's good, because I have leather for him!"
Those statements made Lemieux laugh.
"Francy, if you get through the first half of the fight, I'll give you my purse," Lemieux said.
Ntetu then tried to reply - "David, I know you haven't been to school for very long, but let me explain something to you ..."
Lemieux, however, immediately intervened.
“I'm going to end your career. I'll knock you out on Saturday," the Canadian star said.