Rising Canadian boxing star David Lemieux headlines at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA on December 6th as he clashes with tough Philadelphian campaigner Gabriel Rosado in defence of his NABF Middleweight title.
Lemieux’s third round knockout win over the highly respected Fernando Guerrero back in May really caught the attention of the boxing world and the Montreal man has a great opportunity to further enhance his growing reputation against Rosado. He possesses great natural punching power that gives him one of the highest knockout ratios in the game but that is combined with a defensive vulnerability highlighted by his knockout loss at the fists of the heavy hitting Mexican veteran Marco Antonio Rubio back in 2011 which was followed up by a poor points loss against Joachim Alcine. However three years on he is still only 25 years of age and after seven straight victories including six knockouts in that spell he has rebuilt and the signs are that he may be coming into his own. This is his first appearance outside of his native Quebec in Canada so he will be eager to impress the US fight fans in particular.
Rosado meanwhile has been found wanting at the very highest level and both of his previous assaults on recognised World titles have ended in failure and knockout defeats. His corner pulled him out in the seventh against WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin after shipping heavy punishment whilst he was halted by the ring doctor in the tenth against ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin in a bid for the WBO title. He has since lost to unbeaten Jermell Charlo via a unanimous decision and needs to bounce back to winning ways soon if he is to engineer himself another opportunity for a world title shot. Typically the aggressive Rosado will not want to take a backwards step and will certainly test the resolve of the Lemieux in a way that none of his recent opponents will have been able to. He has similarities to Marco Antonio Rubio in that he always comes to fight and will not be deterred by Lemieux’s power unless he is completely halted by it. There is a case to say that his love for a tear up has meant that some aspects of his boxing have been left neglected but whether 72 year old newly appointed trainer, Jesse Reid can develop these in time to showcase against Lemieux remains to be seen.
LEMIEUX: W32 KO30 L2 KO1 KO%88.24
ROSADO: W21 KO13 L8 KO3 KO%43.33