Cameroon’s Hassan N’Dam will likely glove up with Canadian David Lemieux, date and place TBD, it looks like, for the IBF middleweight belt. That strap is up for grabs as belt-holder Jermain Taylor is otherwise detained, and will be strapped around the waist of the winner, if all goes to plan.

The IBF has been shopping around who might like to vie for the crown; Felix Sturm and BJ Saunders said no, but the power hitter Lemieux, signed to Golden Boy, said yes. “The fight is on, N’Dam, you can run but I’ll catch you,” the rumbler said.

N’Dam, on social media, didn’t seem scared. “Your place is behind me,” he said to Lemieux on Twitter.

Golden Boy exec Eric Gomez said he is now working on specifics, which will include date, place and I assume TV. “We will begin negotiations this week,” he told me. “Tough fight, but N’Dam makes mistakes. David has to capitalize on those mistakes. N’Dam got dropped six times against Peter Quillin, and David has to recognize those same flaws and score.” That bout was in 2012, and Hassan has won four straight since. Lemieux comes off his career best win, in December, against Gabe Rosado.

N’Dam manager Gary Hyde, the affable Irishman, also checked in with TSS. “Hassan will outbox Lemieux,” he told me of the fighter promoted by King Sports Worldwide. “And at times trade with him. Hassan beats him in every area, and will beat him up when he gets frustrated.”

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-brownsugar :

When I think of N'Dam I think of several things,.... Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Gregory Hines, Baryshnikov,... I haven't seen too many guys who can float as effortlessly as N'Dam can. "Spoiler Alert": N'Dams manager should have said, "N'Dam will out-dance Lemieu". There will be a maximum amount of movement in the ring when these two meet. N'Dam will only get off his unicycle when he freezes Lemieu in place for a rapid 1-2 counter. Of course Lemieu is a reasonably decent banger but it will be very difficult to catch N'Dam on the run. N'Dam (in my personal opinion) is not as dull as Miguel Vazquez, or Richard Abrill, despite his constant movement, N'Dam is still an interesting boxer to watch. He beat the Chin-Checker(Curtis Stevenson) with ease,... I think he will have a tougher fight against Lemiew, but I expect similar results.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

When I think of N'Dam I think of several things,.... Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Gregory Hines, Baryshnikov,... I haven't seen too many guys who can float as effortlessly as N'Dam can. "Spoiler Alert": N'Dams manager should have said, "N'Dam will out-dance Lemieu". There will be a maximum amount of movement in the ring when these two meet. N'Dam will only get off his unicycle when he freezes Lemieu in place for a rapid 1-2 counter. Of course Lemieu is a reasonably decent banger but it will be very difficult to catch N'Dam on the run. N'Dam (in my personal opinion) is not as dull as Miguel Vazquez, or Richard Abrill, despite his constant movement, N'Dam is still an interesting boxer to watch. He beat the Chin-Checker(Curtis Stevenson) with ease,... I think he will have a tougher fight against Lemiew, but I expect similar results.
I agree B-Sug, N'Dam has some of the best footwork in the business and has improved since the Kid Chocolate fight. Heck, I don't know if Kid Chocolate could beat him again if they ever fight again. Lemeiux has his work cut out for him, he is facing the Camerooian version of Erislandy Lara!


-stormcentre :

Whoo hoo. Another great looking fight. These two should match up real well. Hopefully the winner gets 3G of he's not blown out by Murray or fighting someone else (next after Martin) that's even more worthy.


-Pazuzu :

Man, 2015 sure is doing its best to make up for the paltry showing of 2014. This is starting to feel like an embarrassment of pugilistic riches. N'Dam-Lemieux is a great fight. ...I'm starting to believe in a unified middleweight crown by year's end.


-Bernie Campbell :

First of all...this is another Bull S. title! Originally Jermain Taylor's! I personally witnessed Kid Chocolate knock Ndam down at least 10 times in a fight I saw at the Barclay one night! Count em..at least 10 times! As for Lemieux, he really has to be more battle tested than he is! Ndam got A for effort in that Quillan fight!


-Froggy :

First of all...this is another Bull S. title! Originally Jermain Taylor's! I personally witnessed Kid Chocolate knock Ndam down at least 10 times in a fight I saw at the Barclay one night! Count em..at least 10 times! As for Lemieux, he really has to be more battle tested than he is! Ndam got A for effort in that Quillan fight!
You are doing a great job hiding your enthusiasm for this fight, personally I agree with everyone else and expect a very good fight !


-ultimoshogun :

I know I've watched N'Dam before, but he must not left much of an impression if I can't remember how he fought. Lemieux's last fight was my first time watching him...high motor scrappy fighter. Could be a pretty good fight.


-deepwater2 :

First of all...this is another Bull S. title! Originally Jermain Taylor's! I personally witnessed Kid Chocolate knock Ndam down at least 10 times in a fight I saw at the Barclay one night! Count em..at least 10 times! As for Lemieux, he really has to be more battle tested than he is! Ndam got A for effort in that Quillan fight!
I was there too and I had the fight a draw. If a boxer cant finish the guy after 10 so called knockdowns what does that say about that boxer? The crowd did not even cheer for hometown Quillin that night. NDam outclassed Quillin in every possible way. I am not sold on Lemeiux but he tries to bring it which is a good thing.


-stormcentre :

First of all...this is another Bull S. title! Originally Jermain Taylor's! I personally witnessed Kid Chocolate knock Ndam down at least 10 times in a fight I saw at the Barclay one night! Count em..at least 10 times! As for Lemieux, he really has to be more battle tested than he is! Ndam got A for effort in that Quillan fight!
Far out Bernie, you're a hard man to please. I agree that - at championship or perhaps marquee level - Lemieux is not battle tested. But, to use a common underground expression amongst the boxing society I sometimes hang with when in Moscow, Lemieux recently cleaned out Rosado's clock and tore up his rear clockhole pretty good too. Sure he didn't do it quite as brutally and bloodily as 3G did - but still it was not a bad "coming out" party for Lemieux. I mean it wasn't like Lemieux (whom, I agree, is reasonably raw himself) came out for a few rounds and thought ""I might just coast and see how Gabe handles things - just so I don't get in too deep too soon"". Admittedly Rosado is a test that will not give the cerebral aspects of your game extreme exercise. But still, he will test the physicality of your game and in that respect Lemieux basically came out, took control, and blasted him out of there better than Quillin could and almost as good as 3G did. I don't really know what the future is for Ndam, but I think he did a pretty good job in getting up all those times against Quillin; so some, if you like, credit and/or discredit (respectively) must go to Ndam, and also Quillin whom actually put Ndam down all those times in the first place - so we could watch him get up. Obviously there are a lot of reasons other than I provide here; but usually when guys get knocked down a lot of times in a fight only to then get up off the canvass all the time, they're either not being popped accurately and in the right places - or the guy that's throwing has no power/accuracy. Or the guy that's getting up is just extraordinarily tough and/or determined. All that aside, I still think Lemieux V Ndam will make a good fight as Ndam not only looks like he has some of the tools that usually allow a fighter to deal with a bully like Lemieux properly - but he also, both appears to have the composure required to deal with Lemieux as well as seeming to have the heart, determination, and willingness to go through hell in order to rise to true championship form. I think it will be good to see how Lemieux's style deals with a guy like Ndam who himself has a few different facets to his game that may or may not punch in their attendance card when their owner shows up for progressively harder challenges and bigger fights. :cool: