Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Big upset in Canada
Before Lemieux hit the ring, fellow Canadian Adonis Stevenson fought Derek Edwards; both fighters were coming off their first losses. In the first round, the taller southpaw Stevenson used his jab to control Derek Edwards.
In the second round, a Stevenson straight left sent Edwards down for knockdown with thirty seconds and as Edwards got up, Stevenson blind his opponent with a quick jab that failed to score but it hid the straight left that landed on Edwards nose, which erupted in blood.
In between rounds, Edwards was asked if he wanted to continue to fight, he said yes for as Ted Atlas noted, “It is what fighters do.” Ted Atlas also observed in the third round that while Edwards had heart, he was fighting stupid as he continued marched right into Stevenson wheel house. Throughout the third round, more solid lefts found their target and with minute left, a big left hand ended the fight as Edwards was left sprawled on the canvas. Stevenson came back from his first lost with a spectacular knockout performance.
Ted Atlas warned the audience, “Don’t leave early” with Lemieux habit of ending fights quickly. Rubio goal was to bring Lemieux into the deeper water of latter rounds. With a minute left in the 1st round, Lemieux nailed Rubio with a right hand and trapped his opponent the rope. For those last sixty seconds, Lemieux pounded Rubio all around the ring but Rubio used his defense to deflect many of the punches to survive the opening bout.
Lemieux started the second round with crisp punches and continue to dominate the action as Rubio blocked and moved away from the more powerful punches. As the round concluded, thudding punches nailed Rubio on the rope.
Rubio began the third round jabbing and for a moment, forced Lemieux to retreat but this was momentarily as Lemieux started back on his search and destroy style of fighting. At the end of the third round, Rubio ended it in the middle of the ring.
Lemieux attacked with sharp combinations at the start of the fourth, forcing Rubio along the rope as he worked inside. The question remained as Rubio survived the round, would he be satisfied with surviving or winning? There was no doubt that he had lost the first four round and now he had to decide, do I take chances and try to win?
At the beginning of the fifth round, Rubio started to open up and even scored but Lemieux power showed at the end of the round as he countered a Rubio left with a solid right and then forced Rubio back on rope but Rubio jab started to hits its mark at the beginning of the round. With a minute left, Rubio connected with a solid right that stunned Lemieux and for the first time, Rubio forced Lemieux to retreat as he nailed the Canadian with more solid rights. Rubio ended the round by bloodied Lemieux nose and he started to take advantage of Lemieux’s occasional habit of lunging.
Lemieux started the seventh round jabbing and being aggressive to take back the momentum of the previous round but halfway through the round, Lemieux started to move side to side instead of going forward. It was as if Lemieux feared getting hit with another right hand and this fear provied justified as Rubio nailed Lemieux with a right that glanced Lemieux left ear. Lemieux went down for an eight count and then Rubio pursued his prey as he decided to end it, only Lemieux corner stopped the fight first as their charge looked hurt after a series of Rubio combinations.
Lemieux came in the fight with a reputation of being a superstar but on this night, he suffered his first lost by being knocked out himself. Sometimes a prospect must learn that boxing is not a straight line to success but there are detours. It is how boxers deal with detours that determine their failure or success as a boxer.