Lemieux dominates N’Dam to win vacant IBF middleweight title
Laval, Quebec, Canada’s David Lemieux, 34-2 (31), faced Cameroon’s Hassan N’Dam, 31-2 (18), Saturday night in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBF middleweight championship at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (broadcast on FOX Sports 2). N’Dam, who lives and trains out of France, is a former WBA interim and WBO titleholder. To say N’Dam is tough would be an understatement of epic proportions. He was dropped four times and took some hellacious shots from hometown favorite, power-punching Lemieux. In the end, built on a huge lead with the knockdowns, Lemieux grabbed a unanimous decision and captured the IBF strap. Lemieux is bombs-away all night and there should be some fun bouts in the future with him in the middleweight title mix. N’Dam re-wrote the book on heart and effort tonight but Lemieux was the better man and is the new IBF champion. The official ringside scores were 115-109 twice and 114-110, all for Lemieux.
“It was one-sided on the scorecards but it was a competitive fight” – ringside commentator Doug Fischer of RingTV.com.
The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management.
Dierry Jean UD 10 Jerry Belmontes, lightweights
Luis Ortiz TKO 1 Byron Polley, heavyweights
Schiller Hyppolite UD 10 Kevin Thomas Cojean, super middleweights
Mian Hussain UD 8 Ivan Pereyra, welterweights
Ghislain Maduma TKO 2 Michele Focosi, junior welterweights
Ayaz Hussain TKO 2 Miguel Antoine, junior welterweights
Steven Butler Maj. Draw 6 Jaime Herrera, junior middleweights
Mathieu Germain TKO 2 Richard Horvath, junior welterweights
Yves Ulysses Jr. DQ 1 Renald Garrido, junior welterweights