In an all-out slugfest, hard-hitting Middleweight contender David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) delivered a solid victory in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, earning a unanimous 10-round decision over, Argentinian fighter Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs).
“With this win, David Lemieux has once again demonstrated himself to be a dynamic and resilient fighter,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This additional victory will open new doors for Lemieux, and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter in his boxing career will bring.”
In the opening bout at the Bell Center, rising Super Middleweight prospect D’mitrius Ballard (15-0, 11 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, dominating Gergo Harvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs) throughout the early moments of the fight. In the second round, the Maryland-born Ballard knocked Harvath down three times before the referee waved off the fight.
Over in the UK, Jamie Cox defeated Christian Rios in a scrappy contest over ten rounds, whilst Paul Butler eased past Alexis Ruiz on what was the former world champion’s debut under top trainer Joe Gallagher.
Also on the Bolton bill, Luke Blackledge warmed up for a shot at Callum Smith’s British title with a six-round points triumph, whilst Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock remained undefeated.