Manager Gary Hyde, the affable—usually affable–Irishman who helms Guillermo Rigondeaux, has been active speaking up on behalf of another client, Hassan N'Dam, who meets David Lemieux on June 20. Hyde wants his Cameroon kid to get a fair shake, and has gone public with a beef with officials named to work the bout, set to unfold on Lemieux' turf.
“Hassan N'Dam will make Lemieux beckon at his corner to surrender just like he did against Rubio,” a fired-up Hyde told me. “You all know N'Dam from the Quillin fight where he got dropped six times, however he still won eight rounds in that fight.
N'Dam is a warrior and unlike Lemieux doesn't tap out. Lemieux is a hype job who is great at dishing out punishment but can't take it. This is not Lemieux' first time topping the bill at the same venue. He has topped it twice before and each time came up short. June 20th he will come up short again.”
Guy seems to really believe in his boxer; and the stakes are high in this one…winner could get a crack at WBA champ Gennady Golovkin.
Here is a release Hyde sent out which spoke of his opposition to officials.
CORK, Ireland (June 10, 2015) – Gary Hyde, manager of International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1-ranked, mandatory middleweight contender Hassan N'Dam (31-1, 18 KOs), has objected to two officials named to work the June 20th IBF world middleweight title fight between N'Dam and David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Cameroon-native N'Dam, promoted by King Sports, is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) 160-pound division world champion. The IBF No. 4-ranked Lemieux was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec.
“On June 2nd,” Hyde explained, “I learned who the officials were for the June 20th fight at the Bell Centre. I contacted the IBF and objected to two officials who are from Montreal, Quebec, the same city Lemieux is from. Referee Marlon Wright has refereed five of Lemieux' fights and the judge in question, Benoit Roussel, has worked no fewer than 12 of Lemieux' fights.
“I also objected to the Quebec Commission on the appointment of the two Canadian officials. The selection of two officials from the same city as one of the fighters in an international world championship bout indicates a flawed and unfair procedure and undermines the appearance of fairness and impartiality. In my experience in world championship bouts the officials must always be neutral.
“We are hopeful that the Quebec Boxing Commission will replace both Canadian officials with a pair of neutral officials, so that we can concentrate solely on the job at hand, to beat Lemieux.