Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam has once again felt the need to explain his loss to Peter Quillin as the Frenchman prepares to fight for his second world title against David Lemieux in Canada on June 20.
The 31 year-old was put on the canvas several times in losing his WBO belt to Quillin in 2012 but has since recorded four straight wins to get himself right back into title contention. N’Dam is adamant that poor preparation time was to blame for his solitary career defeat and he aims to put that firmly behind him by regaining a version of the middleweight crown later this month.
“I’ve explained this many times to people and this is, I hope, the last time I’ll have to explain it, because my career is moving forward and not looking backwards. I fought Peter Quillin without being prepared. I had only a three-week notice and I didn’t even do any sparring,” said N’Dam.
“The only reason I took this fight with a three-week notice is because they threatened to strip me from my belt, and since I am a man, if I was to lose my title, I thought I might as well lose it in the ring.
“I had no strategy to beat Peter Quillin. I just had to improvise to do-to do my own style. And fight with my heart. Which I think I did very well.
“Today, this situation is very different. My team changed. My training camp is much better. I am steady in my head to do a brilliant fight versus David Lemieux.”
David Lemieux vs. Hassan N’Dam is a 12-round fight for the vacant IBF Middleweight World Championship presented by Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Evenko. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET and the first bell rings at 6:45 p.m. ET. The live Canadian PPV telecast airs at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.
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