Hard-hitting Canadian David Lemieux is closing in on what he believes will be his defining night when he goes up against talented Frenchman Hassan N’Dam at the Bell Centre in Quebec on June 20.
At 26 years old, Lemieux has positioned himself as the favourite to land the IBF middleweight title in two weeks’ time, having successfully recovered from damaging back-to-back losses to Joachim Alcine and Marco Rubio in 2011.
Since that time, Lemieux has stopped seven out of eight opponents to push his impressive knockout ratio to over 88 percent and now stands on the brink of achieving his lifelong dream of claiming a recognised world title belt on home soil.
“I’m here and very excited for this fight,” said Lemieux. “I’ve been waiting for a long time to be able to face the world champion in our division and to be able to become a world champion. It is my time, and I’ve been working since I was a young kid at this to be where I am today. I’m working extremely hard. This is to-date the best camp I’ve ever had. My physical strength is much better than it ever has been.
“Everything is kind of coming into perfection for this fight. I’m extremely confident in this fight and what I am to expect with Hassan N’Dam, for I understand his boxing abilities. I understand everything about him. I’ve watched him. We studied him very well. I know his strengths, and I know his weaknesses. And I know my strength, and I know my weaknesses or whatever it is. There’s nothing I am concerned about in this fight with what I am doing today and every day.
“It’s going to be a great event. It’s going to be very explosive, and hopefully, it’s going to mark a historical event in Montreal and a great fight for 2015, to give to the fans all what they want, what they need. They’ve got two top athletes in the ring, and it’s going to be great. Two hungry guys; one much hungrier than the other. But, talk is cheap. We’ll keep everything cool for the fight on June 20th.
“I’m very excited and very confident. I’m looking very forward to this fight. I’m very, very happy, and to fight N’Dam when other fighters turned him down. I would never turn down any fighter if the skills are right, good or great or whatever they are. With all my abilities, I’m in total confidence with myself, with my group, with my people, and with my surroundings, and every world we’re going to take, we’re going to be together. We’re going to be strong, and we’re going to have a big army around me. I’m willing to do all the damage, and on June 20th, I’m going to open a lot of eyes. It’s going to be very exciting,” he added.
Opponent N’Dam is former WBO champion at the weight and will aim to regain his position at the top of the sport having looked good last time out against Curtis Stevens.