David Lemieux back in title talk after impressive KO win over Spike O’ Sullivan
It was one and done.
One punch. One round.
Montreal, Canada’s David Lemieux, 40-4 (34), blasted Cork, Ireland’s Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, 28-3 (20), Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, via impressive first round stoppage.
Lemieux rehydrated to 179 pounds after weighing in at the middleweight limit of 160 the day before.
Word to any middleweight who plans to pencil David Lemieux into his calendar, this is one big, heavy-hitting 160-pounder.
A perfectly-timed left hook countered a jab from O’Sullivan, dropping him hard. Spike did attempt to rise but was in no condition to continue and referee Russell Mora wisely stopped the bout.
The Lemieux-O’Sullivan bout was one of the chief support bouts to the WBA/WBC middleweight championship match-up between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who waged war for 12 rounds. In the end, two of the three official ringside judges (with two scores of 115-113 to out rule the even 114-114 tally) sided with the popular Alvarez, who picked up a majority decision.
The bout was a WBA middleweight title eliminator and puts Lemieux right back into the championship mix. The victory might land him a shot at Canelo or Lemieux might simply parlay the win into a rematch of his October 2015 loss to Golovkin.
Either way, the highlight reel KO was a great win for the power-punching French-Canadian and once again has fans excited to see him back in the ring.
Lemieux, who isn’t a flashy fighter, insists he is in his physical prime and isn’t the same fighter who has been, at times, inconsistent in his career.
Lemieux, a former IBF world middleweight champion, has looked outstanding in besting Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia and Curtis Stevens. However he also struggled in back-to-back losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine in 2011 and in title shots to Golovkin in 2015 and WBO beltholder Billy Joe Saunders last year.
That said Lemieux insists he is at his physical best right now and is excited to get back into the title hunt to prove he is indeed one of the best middleweights in the world.
In a post-fight interview, Lemieux was more than happy with the outcome and grateful for the opportunity to showcase his skills on such a high-profile card.
“To be on this undercard, it’s a good opportunity for me to show what I can do,” said Lemieux. “Congrats to Canelo on his victory. That would be something I’m interested in. I definitely want to fight Canelo, a big fight with Canelo. Things have changed. I am not the same Lemieux that fought Golovkin the last time.”
When asked about the pre-fight feuding that had gone on between he and O’Sullivan, Lemieux smiled and said, “Don’t piss me off, guys. I guess the message must be clear. Yes, I was motivated. I didn’t like all that trash-talking that was done to me before the fight, from O’Sullivan’s side.”
Regarding the Canelo-GGG main event, Lemieux said, “They’re two excellent fighters. I’m looking forward to fighting the winner, of course. There is no middleweight like David Lemieux.
“A fight with Canelo is realistic and a fight with Golovkin is also realistic,” Lemieux added. “I had to show that Lemieux is not any middleweight. I am THE middleweight. I’m interested in the best fighters in the division and I believe I can beat them.”