Bomber Lemieux Smashes N’Dam, Wins IBF 160 Crown

Middleweight contender Hassan N’Dam (31-2, 18 KOs) has a great chin and he showed it again on Saturday nightin Montreal, Quebec, Canada, against power puncher David Lemieux.

Fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight championship, the pair put forth a spirited battle at the Bell Center which saw N’Dam knocked down four times throughout the fight, from Lemieux’s sizzling left hooks.

The result was a unanimous decision for Lemieux and with the victory, he lays claim to the IBF title, which was recently stripped from Jermain Taylor.

Promoted by Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger Management, the fight itself was very entertaining and it was a nice style match-up with N’Dam as the boxer and Lemieux as the pressure fighter.

Two judges scored the fight 115-109 for Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) while the third had it 114-110 for the new champion. Watching on television, I scored it 115-110 in favor of Lemieux.

In the opening round, Lemieux, 26, set the pace with intense pressure and his left hook landed well as N’Dam, 31, tried to establish his range.

In the second, N’Dam (from Pantin,France via Cameroon) found himself under pressure on the ropes and he actually tackled Lemieux as a defensive tactic. His relief was only temporary as a massive left hook from Lemieux dropped N’Dam in the corner. Lemieux’s efforts to finish off the badly wobbled N’Dam were in vain as the game N’Dam managed to stay on his feet.

In the third, N’Dam missed wildly as Lemieux wisely targeted his body. When Lemieux’s punch accuracy began to wane, N’Dam got himself back into the fight behind a solid jab.

N’Dam boxed well from the outside in the fifth round but another left hook from Lemieux had N’Dam backing up before N’Dam was able to reestablish control of the frame.

The sixth was a disaster for N’Dam and he fell twice from left hooks, resulting in a 10-7 round for Lemieux.

N’Dam stole the seventh round with cute boxing but Lemieux again caught up to him in the eighth round, scoring yet another knockdown off a crunching left hook.

In the ninth, N’Dam continued to box while Lemieux looked to end the fight.

As the later rounds wore on and turned into the championship rounds, Lemieux seemed to tire a bit and he ran out of viable ideas for putting N’Dam away.

In the eleventh, they traded power punches and it was hard to tell who got the worst of it. In the final round, N’Dam let his hands go good but Lemieux kept up his attack until the final bell.

Before the fight, N’Dam’s manager Gary Hyde insisted that Lemieux was nothing but a “hype job” and N’Dam all but guaranteed an early KO win over Lemieux.

With the impressive performance in front of his frenzied hometown fans, Lemieux takes another step closer to a middleweight unification fight against Gennady Golovkin while N’Dam looks towards an uncertain future in a division where he’s good enough to be a contender, but not good enough to be a champion.

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COMMENTS

-Art :

For today at least, boxing is what it always was, a great sport, fought by great athletes and warriors. No pretenders in this game, just real men fighting...well, with one exception and that was broner, who tried like hell to turn it into a wrestling match!


-Froggy :

Just glad it was a good fight without controversy !


-stormcentre :

Yep, after a very suspicious judge selection process (which was successfully objected to by N'Dam), the fight turned out to be good and also show that David brought the goods. Congratulations to all the Canadians that backed their man. Lemieux V Golovkin next/soon please. :)


-oubobcat :

This turned out to be a tremendous fight. I think HBO is regretting not airing this one. Lemiuex is an all action fighter. He can't be in a bad fight. His style reminds me of Gatti somewhat. He comes straight forward willing to absorb to land his own bombs particularly that big left hook. He is a logical opponent next for Golovkin (unless Ward or Froch step up to the plate to face GGG). It's a fight that won't go long but will be fun while it lasts.


-oubobcat :

This turned out to be a tremendous fight. I think HBO is regretting not airing this one. Lemiuex is an all action fighter. He can't be in a bad fight. His style reminds me of Gatti somewhat. He comes straight forward willing to absorb to land his own bombs particularly that big left hook. He is a logical opponent next for Golovkin (unless Ward or Froch step up to the plate to face GGG). It's a fight that won't go long but will be fun while it lasts.


-Denise Alvarez :

This was an action packed fight! You could hear the thuds from the blows as Lemieux pounded into N'Dam. N'Dam is one tough SOB. Congrats to the new IBF Champion. When l saw Lemieux put away Gabriel Rosado in his last fight, l knew this guy was destined to be a champion. He is ready for GGG, Cotto and Canelo!


-Yogo :

Lemieux breaths some much needed excitement into the MW's. He's like a pocket Dempsey. GGG V Lemieux becomes genuine box office. It's great great news for a division in the doldrums.


-Bernie Campbell :

These idiot officials arnt doing their jobs! N'Dam should of been expunged after the 3rd knockdown, What does the ref wanna give a show more than save his life? Does anyone realize the shots he took! I wanna see if anybody has the nuggets to call for an investigation! Really pathetic!


-Steve V. :

Just a couple of brief, nerd-ish corrections: N'Dam was down once in the second, twice in the "fifth", and once in the "seventh", not "twice in the sixth and once in the eighth." There you go.


-stormcentre :

I went back and watched the Hassan N'Dam V David Lemieux because I wanted to understand why N'Dam didn't fare better when he is clearly the better boxer. I am not trying to take anything away from Lemieux, as he was clearly the power puncher, stronger, and better man on the night; no doubt about it. But he was also clearly the most less refined and raw as well. And (aside from what resided in each man's mind and heart on the night) the answer is to be found from looking at the amount of times each guy threw (not necessarily landed) a punch. N'Dam exhibited some beautiful moves on Lemieux, some even involving punches for good measure. But by and large he was unable to deter Lemieux. Sure some of N'Dam's shots that landed did stun Lemieux, but nowhere as much as was required. N'Dam's technique - at least on this occasion with Lemieux - had a flaw in it and that was his jab. N'Dam failed to meaningfully land the jab on Lemieux to make sure that the power shots that followed had full effect. N'Dam also became slightly disheartened with throwing the jab as Lemieux easily countered and/or dismissed it; largely due to the difference between horizontal planes that N'Dam's jab occupied when sent out and retrieved. Which is another error N'Dam will need to resolve. N'Dam could have also benefitted from engaging Lemieux in close too, but the fact that - notwithstanding the above comments that may have reversed the situation for N'Dam - Hassan could see that Lemieux was punch/resistance stronger probably deterred him from this strategy. Had N'Dam sat down on his jab and ensured it landed cleanly and created an opening before sending in the right hands (some of which were beautiful shots - even thrown whilst pivoting/moving - but most were thrown without a clear view of a completely opening trajectory path; thus limiting their application and potential) Lemieux may have had more respect and then the percentage split between the success that each guy's battle plan had may have slid across to N'Dam a little more. Still, with all that said, Lemieux was responsible for N'Dam not adjusting this way and winning. Lemieux did what he had to do, and N'Dam fell just short of that. N'Dam's team; take note please because the guy has a mountain of potential. :) :)


-Chris L :

Just saw the replay of this and wow N'Dam has some serious heart/chin. He also looked huge for a middleweight. Every punch Lemieux threw was with bad intentions; I'm surprised he didn't punch himself out by the 6th. Good fight, N'dam should have kept that right hand glued to his face though to stop the onslaught of left hooks.