David Lemieux dropped a game Hassan N’Dam four times in their vacant IBF middleweight title bout to win his first world championship at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The big-punching fighter delighted the home crowd with his performance in what was an entertaining contest. N’Dam replicated his fight with Peter Quillin in 2012 by continually bouncing up off the floor to get back into the fight.
Granted that the knockdowns put N’Dam well behind on the cards, although the Frenchman never gave up and was roundly applauded by the fans for his part in a fantastic contest to watch.
It was the left hook possessed by Lemieux that did all the damage as the Canadian head-hunted N’Dam for the duration of the bout with considerable success. Every time the punch landed, N’Dam either went down or wobbled and took some time to recover from the devastating power that Lemieux obviously harbours.
After twelve rounds, the cards were a bit closer than my score of 119-106 as two judges had it 115-109, with a third scoring it 114-110 – all for Lemieux who delighted promoter Oscar De La Hoya sitting at ringside.
Lemieux is now fully in the mix in a bustling middleweight division where some excellent match-ups can be made. N’Dam, on the other hand has once again raised his reputation as one of the bravest boxers around and can go home with his head held high.