Canadian middleweight banger David Lemieux made short work of his hard-hitting American counterpart Curtis Stevens in upstate NY on Saturday night.
Lemieux' nasty knockout of Curtis Stevens, in what was pretty much a 50/50 shootout going in, both thrilled and disturbed fight fans.
Lemieux and Stevens are considered two of the hardest punchers in the division, and an exciting match was expected.
The stricken boxer's body went limp as he crumpled to the floor, and referee Charlie Fitch took a quick look at Stevens and called an immediate halt to the contest at the 1:59 mark. Lemieux's killer instinct turned on as he forced Stevens against the ropes, landing a right to the head of Stevens and knocking him unconscious with the fight-ending left hook. Stevens even momentarily hurt Lemieux with a body shot that backed him up.
With his impressive record and 33 of his 37 wins coming by way of the knockout, Lemieux could prove to be a tough ask for any fighter courageous enough to climb into the ring with him. Now that Lemieux has regained everyone's attention - what's next for David Lemieux?
David Lemieux has looked unbelievable ever since his defeat to Gennady Golovkin in 2015.
With the win, Lemieux moves to 37-3 and should use the momentum gained in this fight to perhaps goad hermit WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders into a fight or be a suitable foe for Saul Alvarez should a Golovkin fight fail to materialize.
Saunders is now undefeated with a record of 24-0 with 12 knockouts and a fight against Saunders would be a huge test for Lemieux.
It was another highlight-reel knockout for Lemieux, who was stopped by Gennady Golovkin in the eighth round of their world title contest at Madison Square Garden in October 2015. This would likely be an extremely competitive bout. They exchanged back and forth to see what one other had.