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NEWS ON: Lemieux-Guerrero and DeGale-Gonzalez

BY The Sweet Science ON April 10, 2014
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MONTREAL (April 10, 2014) -- Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is presenting an evening of thunder, "Collision: Stevenson vs. Fonfara," May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The co-feature will mark the SHOWTIME debut of powerful Quebec middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs), who takes on Dominican Republic-born, American fighter Fernando Guerrero (26-2-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant NABF title.

The IBF #10 and WBO #11 rated Lemieux has an incredible opportunity to break into the international scene in the 160-pound division. He has made vital changes since his loss to current WBC interim champion Marco Antonio Rubio ( 59-6-1, 51 KOs), riding a six-fight win streak, five coming by knockout, into his May 24 showdown with former world title challenger Guerrero.

The 25-year-old Lemieux has paid his dues in order to become a more effective and dangerous fighter. Last November in Laval (Quebec), IBF # 6 ranked Jose Miguel Torres (27-6-0, 24 KOs) was stopped in the seventh round, his first stoppage in his career, after Lemieux had floored him six times.

Guerrero had a great amateur career, highlighted by being crowned national champion in 2007. His more notables wins as a professional have been over Gabriel Rosado (21-8-0, 13 KOs), Ossie Duran (28-11-3, 11 KOs) and Ishe Smith (25-6-0, 11 KOs. Guerreo In his lone world title shot to date, by way of seventh-round technical knockout to WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (30-0-0, 22 KOs) in 2013. Guerrero has since returned to winning ways and at age 27, he is convinced that he has gained experience and maturity to deserve another world title shot.

"COLLISION," headlined by the WBC light heavyweight championship fight between defending champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KOs) and challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs), is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) in association with Warriors Boxing, and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

According to the president Yvon Michel of GYM, "David Lemieux is the next big star of the World middleweight division! His presence in the ring literally mesmerizes the crowd as he intensively charges with violent intentions His arrival in the big leagues is eagerly awaited."

Talented light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (14-0-0, 8 KOs) is on a mission to become world champion. The WBO # 2, WBA # 3 and WBC #10 light heavyweight is in an enviable position in world rankings and ready for anyone. His opponent will be confirmed soon..

Upon his arrival in Montreal from his native Russia, GYM announced it would not drag things regarding the activity and development of its gifted light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (4-0-0, 4 KOs). Having completed his apprenticeship fighting four bouts Quebec, the two-time Russian Olympian moves up in rounds and clash, meeting former IBF world light heavyweight champion Jeff " Left Hook" Lacy (26-4-0, 19 KOs) in a 10-round clash on the stacked "Collision" card. After an absence of several years, the 2000 U.S. Olympian won his last fight this past November against Martin Verdin (20-17-2, 11 KOs). Lacy is a sleek, experienced opponent and Beterbiev's first major test as a professional.

Unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (23-0-0, 18 KOs) also returns to the ring May 24 in front of his Quebec fans. Promoted by Top Rank, the popular Zewski will fight for the seventh time in Quebec. He has fought prestigious locations like New York, Las Vegas or Atlantic City. His opponent, Prince "Too Hot" Doku Jr. (18-5-0, 12 KOs), will be fighting for the third consecutive time outside of his native Ghana.

Additional May 24 undercard bouts fights will soon be announced. However, GYM has confirmed the participation of IBF # 7 middleweight Kevin Bizier (24-1-0, 14 KOs), as well as heavyweight Oscar Rivas (13-0-0, 8 KOs), young welterweight Junior Ulysses (1-0-0, 1KO), and Grant Brothers' heavyweight prospect Erik Bazinian (3-0-0, 3 KOs) .

Tickets, ranging from $50.00 to $350.00, are on sale at Bell Centre, www.evenko.ca, GYM (514-383-0666) or Boxing Club Champion (514-376-0980).

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NEW JERSEY (April 10, 2014) - Gary Shaw Productions and Antonio Leonard Promotions is happy to announce that their undefeated super-middleweight contender, Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs), will fight James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) vs. George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom on May 31, 2014. The 12-round bout will be for the IBF mandatory position.

Gonzales is currently ranked IBF # 3 while DeGale is ranted IBF # 4. Both fighters are looking to capitalize on this momentous opportunity with victor most likely to challenge the winner of Froch vs. Groves.

Gonzales, who is managed by James Prince, feels he's the better fighter. With an undefeated record and the right people behind him, Gonzales feels his time is now.

"I've been working hard my whole life to get in this position," said Brandon Gonzales. "I never had anything come easy to me in this boxing game. I had to work my way up the rankings the hard way with little support. Now that I have Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard promoting me, I feel I have all the necessary pieces to become a star. James Prince and I had a vision and now it's coming to fruition."

"DeGale is a very good fighter with a lot of heart. His only lost is a controversial majority decision defeat to George Groves. Most people thought he won that fight so in my eyes he's going to be coming at me like an undefeated fighter looking to redeem himself. I'm ready for the challenge. DeGale stands in my way of becoming a world champion and I must take him out. One thing I know is I'm coming to win and show the world that Brandon Gonzales is the real deal."

Gary Shaw, who recently signed Gonzales with Antonio Leonard, is thrilled to get his fighter an opportunity to make a major push in his career.

"I told Brandon when we signed him to be ready to go because I really want to get him a title shot," said Gary Shaw. "Now he's in position to really do something special in his career. A win against DeGale will get him the world title shot he's worked so hard to achieve. He must come out victorious to make his dream come true and I believe he has the talent to be something special in the division."

"Brandon is hungry to show everyone in the super-middleweight division that he's the man," said Antonio Leonard. "He's undefeated for a reason, because he's got immense skill. I believe in him and Gary and I got his back moving forward. This fight will be one the fans will not want to miss. It's going to be all action from the opening bell."

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Grimm says:

Also after signing with Matchroom, DeGale will face the winner of Froch Groves... Doesn't look like St GG will be fighting Andre this year then. Poor showing in my opinion was looking forward to that happening for St GG off the back of a win against Froch.


As I recall it, DeGale-Groves was a fun fight, with Groves as the underdog executing some classic british-style boxing (left, left, pop-pop) on his way to a, in the end, pretty clear but hard earned victory. Some bad blood between them, wasn't it, going back to their days as amateurs? I know I would want to see a sequel. DeGale's good, but I've been missing some passion in some of the fights I've seen.

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