Heavy-handed Middleweights David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens clash on March 11th in a match-up that is guaranteed to entertain at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York, live on BoxNation.
With the prospect of a World Title shot for the victor, both men aim to continue their recovery after defeats to WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.
Canadian Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) lifted the IBF belt in June 2015 after hammering Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam over 12 rounds, recording four knockdowns en route to victory.
However a few months later he lost the belt in his next outing as ‘Triple G’ stopped him in the eighth round. While Lemieux was the underdog against the Kazakh, given his knockout power he was backed to give Golovkin a serious test but could not match the pound-for-pound superstar.
Since that loss, the 28-year-old from Montreal has beaten Glen Tapia (second-round TKO) and the tough Cristian Fabian Rios (unanimous decision). The bout with Stevens was originally scheduled for October 22nd but fell through, so Lemieux is relishing the chance finally secure a win over Stevens and get back amongst the top dogs in the division.
Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) has fought five times since his 2013 loss to Golovkin, earning four wins and three stoppages. The 31-year-old banger appeared on two big HBO PPV cards in 2016, wiping out previously-unbeaten Patrick Teixeira in the second round in support to Canelo v Khan.
In November, he earned a lopsided points win over James De La Rosa on the Kovalev v Ward card. Now headlining a bill in his home city, Stevens will be eager to claim victory and propel himself towards a World Title challenge in what should be a fan-friendly contest against Lemieux.