Don’t Underestimate N’Dam In His Clash With Lemieux

Fights here, there, everywhere on Saturday. Some of us need a DVR upgrade, in fact, with fights on NBC, and BET, and Fox Sports 2.

That FS2 one, that’s a middleweight clash between power masher David Lemiuex, and adapter Hassan N’Dam, and the stakes are considerable in this one, so I’d get your DVR programmed to catch it.

If Lemieux, who opened eyes galore when he took out Gabe Rosado last year, could easily find himself gloving up in a power-puncher face-off with Gennady Golovkin if he beats the Cameroon-born N’Dam on this card co-promoted by Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger, the Lemieux people.

N’Dam is maybe best known here for going down six times and losing to Peter Quilin in 2012, but since then, he told us he had only a couple weeks notice for that fight. So, maybe his chin isn’t so much the issue as was his prep…

FYI, the IBF 160 crown is up for grabs, so this is for more than bragging rights..

Lemieux comes in the favorite in many eyes, but that status should be examined. He is 33-2, with 31 Kos, for sure owns pop. He declares that he saw the light, started training hard and right after losses, to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine, back to back, in 2011-12. Since then, he’s won 8 straight, but against C and B level foes. Rosado has now lost five straight, and his previous win came against Fernando Guerrero, 2-2 in his last four. The Rosado win might have tilted people too hard in over-preaching Lemieux. The jury might still be deliberating on him…

Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez doesn’t pretend this is not a “dangerous fight, as it usually is for a world title fight. N’Dam is very, very dangerous, can box, can punch. If Lemieux beats him, and convincingly, I think he becomes a major player. Would he fight GGG next? He’s willing to fight anybody, all the top guys, that’s where we come in to play, the promoters, and we will look at all options, see what the best deal is, what pays the most and gives the most exposure. We want to be able to take popularity he has in Canada to the States, he’s a good looking guy with a fan friendly style, has tons of crossover appeal.”

N’Dam, who lives in France, might be over-looked because of that high-profile loss to Quillin. At 31-1 with 18 KOs, he relies on guileand athleticism to win, and thinks he has that edge over Lemieux.

N’Dam has good timing and hand quickness, good aggression when he wants to, mixes punches well, owns more power than his record suggests, is quite athletic, has good mobility, good reflexes…there’s lots to like. Lemieux, you have to like his pop in both hands, can’t sleep on either, or they might put you to sleep. He is aggressive, craves KOs, has stepped up his training and reads like a hungry fighter who won’t be denied his full due. He’s not as mobile as N’Dam, and sometimes doesn’t move his head as much as a trainer might like.
He has won four straight, over level of comp similar to the recent victims of Lemiuex.

Manager Gary Hyde told me he’s pretty damned sure his kid will get the better of Lemieux in Montreal, even if Montreal is Lemieux home turf. “He will make Lemieux beckon at his corner to surrender just like he did against Rubio,” the Irishman Hyde told me. “N’Dam is a warrior and unlike Lemieux, doesn’t tap out. Lemieux is a hype job who is great at dishing it out but can’t take it. Hassan will win…he’s in incredible condition mentally and physically. I am very confident in Hassan’s ability and he has had a great camp. He’s a dog in the gym, trains seven hours a day!”

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

N'Dam is good at using his opponents strengths against them. Lemieu has improved and looks stronger than ever but I'm not convinced he has mastered the subtleties that Golovkin has already incorporated into his boxing style. I'm picking N'Dam. Of course, Lemieu could get lucky.


-Froggy :

I am picking Lemieux, he has improved like brownsugar says plus the fight is in his backyard ! I think going the distance is in Lemieux's favor as is a short fight, I hope it is a good one !


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I am suprised that nobody has referenced the N'Dam's fight against Curtis Stevens, whom I believe is a stronger and harder hitter than David. I expect this fight to play out like that one. N'Dam is too good of a boxer and Mr. Lemeiux is too one dimensional. N'Dam by by decision is my prediction.


-stormcentre :

I am suprised that nobody has referenced the N'Dam's fight against Curtis Stevens, whom I believe is a stronger and harder hitter than David. I expect this fight to play out like that one. N'Dam is too good of a boxer and Mr. Lemeiux is too one dimensional. N'Dam by by decision is my prediction.
Well, I have "thought" about it. Does that count? :) I mean I'd rather state (after the fact) that I have thought about it for a 1000 years, than admit I never wrote something about it all. :) Good call SRD. Lemeiux would probably struggle a bit with Stevens. My only concern about picking N'Dam is his unknown chin and Golden Boy behind Lemuiux. Aside from that, I think I have to stand by my above posts now.


-brownsugar :

Amazing performance by Lemieu who blitzted NDam with four knockdowns. I expected NDam to box a clinical exhibition against Lemieu who is definitely more than a Canadian strong man and has to be considered a legitimate force in the middleweight division. The fight was a little bit reminiscent of the Quillin fight. NDam has to go back an rethink his career while Lemieu who said a while ago that he would face Golovkin at any time should brace himself for a sure fire blockbuster when that opportunity presents itself. I have to go with Golovkin to stop the Canadian in a big drama show win over the veddy good boy Lemieu. But today Lemieu legitimized himself as a worthy champion and I'd like to see him back in the ring soon. Quillin, Jacobs are you ready to step up?


-stormcentre :

Good performance by Lemieux
and Froggy. Right on the money. :) :)


-ericfarrell85 :

Amazing performance by Lemieu who blitzted NDam with four knockdowns. I expected NDam to box a clinical exhibition against Lemieu who is definitely more than a Canadian strong man and has to be considered a legitimate force in the middleweight division. The fight was a little bit reminiscent of the Quillin fight. NDam has to go back an rethink his career while Lemieu who said a while ago that he would face Golovkin at any time should brace himself for a sure fire blockbuster when that opportunity presents itself. I have to go with Golovkin to stop the Canadian in a big drama show win over the veddy good boy Lemieu. But today Lemieu legitimized himself as a worthy champion and I'd like to see him back in the ring soon. Quillin, Jacobs are you ready to step up?
While most of your comments I readily agree with you, I do believe your shortchanging N'Dam a bit. The poor guy is consistently neglected, both by the boxing-fan community and the journalists in the sport. This fight should have been on PBC, rather than the Broner circus-show. N'Dam is one of those guys that seem relegated to gatekeeper-status, but without justification. He can box, he can punch, has considerable savvy, that cannot be taught, and has the heart of a lion. His greatest deficit (chin) is precisely what makes his fights so entertaining. He was the David last night against a fearsome Goliath, who had everything to lose. Had this fight gone 15 rounds I wouldn't be surprised to see Lemieux hit the canvas. I don't think Lemieux does especially well against Golovkin. He loads up on his shots too often and seems frustrated when the knockout isn't there. I also think a good fighter can time his lunges and his relatively weak chin has been revealed. I like him a great deal. He is immensely entertaining and talented in a blunt-force-trauma sort of way. But what happens when Golovkin is in his chest, with unceasing pressure and Lemieux, for the first time, has to fight backing up? I think he, more than perhaps most other fighters, needs to feel supremely confident in his chances for a knockout. He fights best when he smells blood.


-amayseng :

Lemieux vs GGG make it happen.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

What a fight! I got my prediction wrong and will gladly eat my crow. Congrats to David for resurrecting his career. I remember him losing to Rubio like it was yesterday. However, he still appeared to gas out and N'Dam began to come on strong. Lemieux is lucky that the days of 15 rounders are long gone. He has puncher's chance against everyone except GGG.


-ericfarrell85 :

Anybody noticed the scoring in this fight? Certainly not lopsided considering the 4 knockdowns. 114-110 twice, 115-109. Truly a great fight and one of the best this year. Wouldn't mind seeing a rematch, nor one with Quillin again.


-King Beef :

Damn!! I missed this 1, sounds much better than the Ward rust remover session; hopefully I can find the replay. Does Lemieux look a legitimate challenger for GGG yet??


-brownsugar :

While most of your comments I readily agree with you, I do believe your shortchanging N'Dam a bit. The poor guy is consistently neglected, both by the boxing-fan community and the journalists in the sport. This fight should have been on PBC, rather than the Broner circus-show. N'Dam is one of those guys that seem relegated to gatekeeper-status, but without justification. He can box, he can punch, has considerable savvy, that cannot be taught, and has the heart of a lion. His greatest deficit (chin) is precisely what makes his fights so entertaining. He was the David last night against a fearsome Goliath, who had everything to lose. Had this fight gone 15 rounds I wouldn't be surprised to see Lemieux hit the canvas. I don't think Lemieux does especially well against Golovkin. He loads up on his shots too often and seems frustrated when the knockout isn't there. I also think a good fighter can time his lunges and his relatively weak chin has been revealed. I like him a great deal. He is immensely entertaining and talented in a blunt-force-trauma sort of way. But what happens when Golovkin is in his chest, w hiith unceasing pressure and Lemieux, for the first time, has to fight backing up? I think he, more than perhaps most other fighters, needs to feel supremely confident in his chances for a knockout. He fights best when he smells blood.
Thanks erifarrell85, I actually posted several times that I thought N'Dam would out fitness Lemieu with his mobility and fitness. N'Dam actually got the best of Lemieu in many of the exchanges, it just seemed silly to say ....."N'Dam WOULD have won had he not been knocked down 4 times". But he came as close to winning as is possible for someone who was dropped so often. He was dropped 6 times by Quillin as you probably know and the losing decision was still very close which says a lot. He also made power puncher Curtis Stevens look like a rank novice in a perfect ten round shut out recently. But it was a great fight regardless, glad you are able to recognize HNN's worth.


-stormcentre :

Lemieux was so committed to his punches that at times it was funny watching him trying to knock N'Dam's block of and then corkscrew himself around. It was obvious what he wanted to do. Round 2 was a cracker. N'Dam - despite going down a few times - was the better boxer by far, but David was just utterly relentless, determined, and probably also a bit stronger. They both landed some beautiful punches on each other though. N'Dam had some smooth moves and Lemieux was obviously out to please Golden Boy with Hopkins and Oscar - flown in from the USA - in the audience. Lemieux has some issues he may need to sort out before looking at Golovkin, but that probably won't stop him from being thrown in there before they're ironed out. It would be a fight though, as Lemieux is just so committed to his shots that he would get 3G attention, and when that happens someone will go to sleep and/or kiss the dirt. N'Dam might have fought better if he sat down on his straight punches a bit better (Lemieux doesn't have too much regard for defence as he comes in :) ) and wasn't quite so worried about Lemieux' power. Easier said than done, I know. :)


-Froggy :

Anybody noticed the scoring in this fight? Certainly not lopsided considering the 4 knockdowns. 114-110 twice, 115-109. Truly a great fight and one of the best this year. Wouldn't mind seeing a rematch, nor one with Quillin again.
Right I was very surprised at the scoring, much closer than I would have scored it !