CANADIAN middleweight David Lemieux began his career by stopping his first twenty opponents in less than five rounds. To date, ninety-one percent of the former IBF World champion’s thirty-five victories have come by way of knockout.
He has also been knocked out twice himself. In 2011, his then-trainer Russ Anber threw in the towel in the seventh round as veteran Marco Antonio Rubio battered Lemieux from post to post to post. Four and a half years later, he was systematically broken down by Gennady Golovkin for twenty-two straight minutes, until referee Steve Willis had seen enough and saved Lemieux from additional punishment.
Logging experiences on both sides of the equation, it’s safe to say that Lemieux knows a thing or two about the hurting business. He is, arguably, one of the hardest punchers in and around his weight class and he relishes that notion.