David Lemieux, Canada's most talked-about boxing prospect, delivered a convincing first-round knockout of Hector Camacho, Jr. in Montreal, Quebec on Friday. With the win, which came with only two seconds remaining in the round, Lemieux improved to 24-0 with 23 wins by first- or second-round knockout. The loss was just the fourth for Camacho during his 57-fight professional career.
Camacho, son of Puerto Rican legend Hector "Macho" Camacho, entered the bout with 9 straight victories and a top 50 ranking in the middleweight division.
Camacho charged early and landed some good punches, but the powerful Lemieux staggered him about two minutes into the round with a right hook. Camacho stayed on his feet, but his glove came close to hitting the mat. It appeared that Lemieux thought it would be ruled a knockdown, as he raised his arms as the clearly-stunned Camacho stumbled and held Lemieux around the waist.
The referee, Michael Griffin, separated the two fighters and indicated the fight would continue, but Camacho looked winded and unstable on his legs. He tried to fight while holding Lemieux in clinches, but with two seconds left in the first round, Lemieux landed a hard right hand which slipped past Camacho's raised hands, and Camacho fell down to the mat. The referee gestured for Lemieux to return to his corner, then called off the bout without starting his count.
It was another impressive performance for the 21-year-old Armenian-Canadian boxer who fights out of Montreal. Fight fans last saw Lemieux on ESPN's Friday Night Fights on June 11th delivering a first-round knockout to Elvin Ayala, who had recently come off a draw with Sergio Mora and a 12th-round knockout loss to Arthur Abraham. In that bout, Lemieux won the vacant WBC International middleweight title, and his win on Friday was his first defense of the title.
Lemieux's win moved him up to number 20 on Boxrec's middleweight rankings, but many ring observers believe that the quality of Lemieux's knockout victories over solid opposition garner him a slightly higher ranking.
The 21-year-old has won 15 bouts by first round knockout, eight by second round knockout, and has only once gone the distance, in a 10-round Canadian super middleweight title match that he won by a unanimous 100-89 decision over Jason Naugler.
Lemieux is trained by popular Canadian trainer and TSN boxing analyst Russ Anber. After his impressive recent victories over higher profile fighters, he should now be showing up on boxing fans' radars as a future title contender. Lemieux is scheduled to fight again at Montreal's Bell Centre on December 3 against a yet-unnamed opponent.
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