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Lemieux Praises Alcine: I Tip My Hat, A True Champion

By Chris LaBate

Very few pundits were giving former junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (33-2) a shot at beating David Lemieux on Saturday at the Bell Centre in  Montreal. Alcine, winless in two years and moving up to middleweight, appeared to be a safe comeback opponent for Lemieux, who was trying to get his career back on track after suffering a TKO loss to Marco Antonio Rubio in April.

It looked safe at first, until Alcine's experience overwhelmed the younger Lemieux (25-2, 24KOs). Alcine's punches were more accurate, he was busier and he hurt Lemieux several times in the contest. Alcine dominated several rounds so clean that everyone forgot who the underdog was. Two judges had it 116-112 for Alcine, with the third scoring it a draw.

Lemieux felt he won a close decision but offered few excuses.

"I tip my hat to him, he's a true champion. I really thought I won. Now I have to return to the gym and start working out. I was prepared for this fight and took it very seriously, but I may have mismanaged my energy. Joachim, he knew what he had to do. I know what mistakes I made and I know that I can beat him."

Even Lemieux's promoter was stunned by Alcine's performance. 

"We underestimated Joachim Alcine," said Lemieux's promoter Yvon Michel. "We expected strong opposition, but never like this. The fight, however, was closer than the scores would indicate."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 12-12-2011

[QUOTE=richardt;11547826]Lemieux is a fraud. While other prosects with 12-0 records were fighting other 12-0 and 20-1 fighters on ShoBox, he was fighting stiffs. He wouldn't even leave his little cushy Canada and fight a threat in what 24 fights? Then…

Comment by The Surgeon on 12-11-2011

Im so gutted with Lemieux, had high hopes for that kid.....

Comment by richardt on 12-11-2011

Lemieux is a fraud. While other prosects with 12-0 records were fighting other 12-0 and 20-1 fighters on ShoBox, he was fighting stiffs. He wouldn't even leave his little cushy Canada and fight a threat in what 24 fights? Then…

Comment by sebspeed on 12-11-2011

The thing with Lemieux is he possessed a lot of talent. But he has two major flaws... his attitude and work ethic. He left Russ Anber because Anber was too hard on him and let's face it... the guy can…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 12-11-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11546650]Interbox promotes Bute.[/QUOTE] Hitman is a dumb magyar and a notorious Bute hater. Rational thought or facts are rarely included with what he says. Just smile and nod at whatever he says like you would a person with alzheimers or…

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