Lemieux wins first big test

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 12, 2010

IOWA CITY (BASN) — Undefeated David Lemieux came into the fight as the Canadian Super Middleweight champion and he was facing his first big test on ESPN2′s “Friday Night Fights.

Over the past years, Canada have produced some exciting fighters including Lucian Bute, who may be the best Super Middleweight in the world and Lemieux has everything that one would love in a boxer; good lucks and dynamite hands.

It has been said that Lemieux attracts as many female fans as male fans to the arena when he steps in the ring.

Elvin Ayala has had some of the toughest fighters in the Middleweight division including former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, former junior Middleweight champion Sergio Mora and Lajuan Simon.

Ayala survived into the 12th round against the tough Abraham before being knocked out and against Lemieux, he was facing a young fighter in his first big test.

Ayala decided to test Lemieux and came out swinging. After nailing Lemieux with a few shots over the first minute, he got nailed with a solid right that forced him back.

Lemieux hands exploded on Ayala as he threw a right hand followed by a left hook, sending him down. Ayala got back on some wobbly legs but attempted to fight back but this only led to another right-left hook combination that sent him down again.

With 55 seconds left, Lemieux went for the kill.

At this point, analyst Ted Atlas wondered, could Ayala survive and be able to test Lemieux later in the fight? He threw a right hand that missed but his left hook did not and down went Ayala for the last time.

For Atlas, there was doubt about both Canadian fighters on the card as he wondered out loud whether if one or both of the Canadians would survive their tests.

Lemieux looked impressive against a fighter who took the tough Abraham to the 12th round before being stopped. In the opening bout of the televised bouts, Canadian Sebastien Demers took on the tough Texan Brian Vera.

Vera was on a three-fight losing streak since upsetting Andy Lee for his first lost. In the opening round, Vera was the aggressor but Demers countered with some effective straight punches.

In a ring that was slightly under 16 feet, Vera had the advantage against boxing-puncher Demers and it gave him less room to cut off. (Atlas joked that if the promoter could place the fight in a phone booth, he would. His objective was to produce exciting fights and a smaller ring forced fighters to fight.)

In the second round, both fighters gave and took. Demers more accurate punches may have given him the advantage but Vera kept the pressure on while scoring some solid overhand rights.

The third round made accuracy moot.

In the first minute of the round, Vera connected on a left hook that sent Demers down. He got back up but another Vera right opened a cut over Demers’ left eye and left hook sent him down a second time.

Vera now realized that he had a chance to end the fight and he went on the attack by throwing punches. Demers retreated but a solid Vera right wobbled him and the referee stopped the fight.

Vera won a big fight that kept his career on track. A lost and he would be nothing more than an opponent for future opponents to bring in on short notice, but on this night, he showed that he had something left.

As for Demers, his lost simply showed that he was a good fighter but not a top ten fighter. The Canadians had to settle for Lemieux’s victory but then he — unlike Demers — has a chance to be a champion.