In a thrilling contest for the vacant IBF World Middleweight title, David Lemieux scored a unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, 20th June.
On a night of high profile fights including Andre Ward vs Paul Smith in Oakland, California and Shawn Porter vs Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, Nevada – it was the contest in Montreal that provided all the excitement and thrills.
In the first round, Lemieux started fast and got a left hook home, Hassan took it well. By the middle of the round N’Dam showed good movement and crisp jabs, followed by right hands. Both tasted the others power and seemed OK. Lemieux slightly busier. Then the second and the drama started to unfold, as a right hand against the ropes had Hassan in trouble, he tried to grab and it turned into a rugby tackle. Then a perfect left hook drops N’Dam for an official count, he is very unsteady but beats the count. He then looked like Bambi on ice but somehow made it to the final bell.
Starting the third, the hard-hitting, aggressive hunter that is David Lemieux comes out quick, as expected, but N’Dam showed remarkable recuperative powers and box/moves superbly. Picking off the wild Lemieux. Fourth round is pretty even and it seems that the Cameroon based Frenchman, has negotiated the expected early rounds onslaught.
The fifth stanza and David was battering Hassan along the ropes, then the left-hook (body then head) drops the Cameroon fighter. N’Dam beats the count, moves but is later dropped by a right body-shot and another left but the man sees out the round. N’Dam weathers the storm in the sixth and is
winning the seventh until dropped by a left hook, near the end of the round. Eighth was a relatively quiet round for this fight. The ninth a close round. Some solid body shots from the Canadian. He is the complete power puncher – every type of shot has power with both hands.
The final three rounds and the pace had understandably slowed. N’Dam allowed to box more and get his shots off. Better variation from the visitor. It is a true testament to Hassan’s heart, will and determination that he finished this fight. Lemieux has tremendous power and is exciting and explosive. The Canadian, now the IBF champion and still only 26-years-old; is one of the most entertaining fighters the sport has to offer. The IBF ratings don’t look the toughest, so Lemieux can entertain the Montreal crowds with devastating displays in future. Plenty of unification options available but I feel they will not happen soon. Golden Boy Promotions will look to build-up the latest, exciting addition to their ranks.
Official Scores: 115-109 x 2, 114-110 all for Lemieux.
My Score: 116-109 Lemieux.
New Professional records: David Lemieux 34-2, 31 KOs; Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 31-2, 18 KOs.