Interview: Middleweight David Lemieux

LemieuxTHDavid Lemieux is a middleweight contender from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  His record is 32-2-0- with 30 victories coming by knockout.  He will be making his American debut, December 6.2014 vs. Gabriel Rosado (21-8-0 13KO’s).  The fight will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It will also be broadcast on HBO.  The NABF middleweight title will be on the line.  David is currently rated #2 by the WBC, #5 by the IBF and #8 by the WBO.

LemieuxPoseDavid is a powerful puncher and has been working on improving his stamina. Did I happen to mention that he is also GORGEOUS? David knows he must put in a good performance and win this fight if he wants a chance at Gennady Golovkin or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the future. Let’s meet David:

Q  What made you want to be a boxer?
A  “I didn’t really choose to be a boxer. I got introduced to boxing at the gym and felt in love with the sport.”

Q  Did you instantly fall in love with boxing?
A  “Yes.”

Q  What’s your boxing nickname?
A  “I don’t have one. Lemieux is the name to fear!”

Q  Tell us a little about your amateur career?
A  “I had a few international fights: 91 victories, 12 defeats. I didn’t really stay long as an amateur because it was not my style of boxing.”

Q  Describe your boxing style?
A  “I’m an explosive fighter; very aggressive, compact power-puncher.”

Q  What have you learned from your two losses?
A  “Many things. I changed a lot of things in my life, my coach. I also added Jarek Kulesza to improve my conditioning. I met Camille Estephan from Eye of the Tiger Management. I added a bunch of things to my training and have had good progression since then.”

Q  Are you nervous about your American debut?
A  “Not at all. I’m very confident and excited. I’m eager to be fighting in the US. It will be amazing. People will see what they want to see: explosive fighting, lots of action, fireworks, etc.”

Q  What is your best punch?
A  “Both my hands are knockouts. I love knocking guys out with my left hook and uppercut.”

Q  What motivates you to step into the ring?
A  “The ring is my house. It’s the peak of my success. I want to show the world that I was born to be a boxer, a leader and world champion. I love being in the ring, it feels like home.”

Q  Who is your trainer?
A  “Marc Ramsay (head trainer), Luc-Vincent Ouellet and Jarek Kulesza.”

Q  Where do you train?
A  “I train at GYM on St-Laurent in Montreal and at the Centre Claude Robillard for my physical and strength conditioning.”

Q  Your favorite sparring partner?
A  “I don’t have a favorite. Anybody who gives me trouble.”

Q  How important is this upcoming fight to your career?
A  “Every fight is crucial but this fight is major because it will be on HBO, it’s a triple-header and in the US. Everyone will be watching. It’s the most important fight in my career so far. I work very hard for it. I do everything to make sure that there won’t be any surprises. It’s going to be exciting. I will put on a great show.”

Q  Do you see any difference between Canadian and American fighters?
A  “Not really. There are good and bad fighters in both countries.”

Q  Do you see boxing as an art form?
A  “Absolutely. It requires a lot of technique, intelligence, strategies. It’s like a war tactic, you have to find your opponent weaknesses in order to beat him.”

Q  Least favorite part of training?
A  “Making weight.”

Q  What is your greatest strength as a fighter?
A  “I’m perseverant  to reach my goals, hardworking and determined.”

Q  What would you like to accomplish in the sport?
A  “Beyond being a world champion, I want to be a good example for youths and show good manners like Ali did. Having good values is really important to me, as well as being positive and respectful. I’m not a boxer that will show off with money and jewelry.”

Q  What separates you from the other fighters in your weight class?
A  “I have different values, views and ideas.”

Q  What do you say to critics who say you have a bad chin?
A  “I say they don’t know anything about boxing. I was not knocked down against Rubio, I fell onto the ropes.”

Q  Best moment of your boxing career so far?
A  “Meeting Camille Estephan, from EOTTM, was the best thing to happen in my life and in the sport. It’s the greatest meeting I’ve had. He’s a great person. He’s smart and very caring about his team beyond money and business. He made a big difference in my life and I’m really thankful.”

Q  How do you juggle everyday life with your boxing?
A  “Just like anybody else who have a job. I have two kids that I take care of when I don’t train. I’m glad that my schedule is very flexible because I have time to play with them and watch them grow. It’s important for me.”

Q  If you didn’t box what would you be doing?
A  “I never thought of that. Until I’m ready to move on from boxing, i won’t think about it.”

Q  Favorite fighters right now?
A  “I don’t have any. I’m not a boxing fan and I don’t watch boxing. I respect good fighters who fight well, put on a good show and have great values such as (Manny) Pacquiao. Floyd (Mayweather Jr.) is a good fighter but he is not a good person. (Bernard) Hopkins is an alien!”

Q  How can we improve the sport of boxing?
A “You can’t change the boxing world, just the fighters around it. Boxing is 3-minute rounds, 1- minute break, for 12 rounds. Everything around it is up to the boxers.”

Some World Famous Diva Questions:

Q  Favorite color?  Red
Q  Favorite food?  There are so many good food but I love Arabic food.
Q  Describe yourself in 1 word?  Great!
Q  Worst habit?  Being impatient.
Q  Tell us something about you that might surprise people?  I love learning about astrology, astronomy and spiritual awakenings.
Q  What is the best part of your body?  Where all my ideas are stored, my brain.
Q  What’s in your refrigerator right now?  Bio eggs, organic food, salad, kiwis, apple cider vinegar and more.
Q  Favorite music?  I don’t like anything specific. I like old rock, Pink Floyd, classical music, Russian music, Kanye, Jay Z, Pitbull, Kavinsky. I like diversity!
Q  Favorite TV show?  I don’t watch TV.
Q  First thing you do when you wake up?  I drink a glass of water.
Q  The one thing that annoys you the most about people?  Stupidity, ignorance or closed-minded people.
Q  Your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Ashta or caramel.
Q  Away from boxing what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  Spending time with my kids, travelling, learning new things.
Q  If you could go 1 round with any boxer in history who would you choose?  Sugar Ray Robinson
Q  A quote or phrase that best describes your life?  Live every second like it’s the last.

LemieuxSelfieA Message To Your Fans:

“Educate yourself and inform yourself about what is happening in the world.  Knowledge is freedom.”

About the Author

Judi Abate - "Boxing Diva"
Judi Abate, the "Boxing Diva", has been interviewing the fighting community since 2007. Her trademark questions are sassy and unpredictable. She has contributed work to Diamond Boxing, Boxing Rant, and WBAN. Away from the PC she enjoys reading, shopping and painting. Her dream interview is Oscar De La Hoya.

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