IBF WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

DAVID LEMIEUX VS. HASSAN N’DAM FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

MONTREAL(June 19)Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Evenko, King Sports Worldwide, and Videotron, held the final press conference on Thursday, June 18 for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Championship between hard-hitting Quebecer David Lemieux and number one contender Hassan N’Dam to take place on Saturday, June 20 at the Montreal’s Bell Center.

Camille Estephan, Founder and President of Eye of the Tiger Management, Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future International Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions Eric Gomez, and Vice President of Operations of King Sports Paul Cain, were all in attendance.Below is what they had to say:

DAVID LEMIEUX, IBF Middleweight Title Contender:

“I wouldn’t say I’m overconfident, I’m well aware of who I’m facing. There’s no such thing as overconfidence, at least not in my way.

“There were certain things I wasn’t able to do that I can now. I had a certain way of fighting, there were certain things missing, and now I can say that I am a complete fighter.

“My style’s different and my determination’s different. I believe I have more abilities than N’Dam does and I’ll show that. Just keep watching and you’ll see.

“My defense is my offence. Sometimes I take risks … for the fans.”

HASSAN N’DAM, IBF Middleweight Number One Contender:

“This is what I say to David Lemieux, you can study me, but you don’t know what I am bringing to the ring. You might get Muhammud Ali in the first round, Sugar Ray Leonard in the second, Floyd Mayweather in the third, but when you get N’Dam, he will be the hardest boxer you have ever faced.

“We are very excited about the fight, because we are coming in prepared and ready to take home the belt.”

CAMILLE ESTEPHAN, President of Eye of The Tiger Management:

“I would like to welcome our partners Oscar De La Hoya , Bernard Hopkins, Eric Gomez from Golden Boy Promotions, they are part of our family.

“Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger are cut from the same cloth; we care about the fighters and our fans. We want to give the fans the best fights possible, give them the best of ourselves.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:

“It’s a great honor to be here today and be part of what we call history in the making. A world title is up for grabs and you have the best possible contenders fighting for it.

“David Lemieux is a tremendous power puncher. He is an all-around skillful fighter who will come with everything and put everything on the line to make his hometown proud.

“Hassan N’Dam is a Hungry and a lion, who is ready and prepared and knows what is a stake when he faces David on June 20.”

BERNARD HOPKINS, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner:

“This event is historic; this title has been owned by the legends of yesterday and now these fighters are picking up a piece of history and build their own legacy.

“The middleweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the sport. Fighters can punch like heavyweights and have the speed of the lightweights. You have the best of world worlds.”

ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions:

“We are very excited leading up to this event, thank you to all the media for attending, having you here today proves how important boxing is in Montreal.

“We have two tough contenders; a former world champion is Hassan N’Dam, who is a dangerous fighter. He can box he can, he can punch, he and do it all.

“Hometown hero David Lemieux is a hungry fighter who has wanted the title since he was a young boxer.”

PAUL CAIN, Vice President of Operations at King Sports:

“N’Dam is completely ready. Lemieux will definitely get a boxing lesson. He’s prepared. I don’t think Lemieux will beat him.

“We came here for no money, but I think they like drama. Every fight I’ve been with them, there’s always been some kind of drama.”

Tickets are available now for as low as $70 (CAD) (taxes and service charges included), and can be purchased at www.evenko.ca and at the Bell Centre box or at Underdog Gym and Sherbatov MMA gym.

David Lemieux vs. Hassan N’Dam is a 12-round fight for the vacant IBF Middleweight World Championship presented by Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Evenko. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET and the first bell rings at 6:45 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the first three matches of the evening live on TVA Sports, free of charge. The entire event will be available on PPV via Indigo and Bell TV for only $54.99 or $59.99 in high definition. Fox Sports 2 and Fox Deportes will air the IBF Middleweight Championship fight in the U.S. live starting at 10:00 p.m. ET. / 7:00 p.m. PT. The live action on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes is available to customers of participating pay TV providers via FOX Sports GO app and on the web throughFOXSportsGO.com. FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones and select Windows devices.

For further information, visit www.evenko.ca, www.eottm.com orwww.goldenboypromotions.com . You can also get all the updates about the event on Twitter via @evenko, @EOTMVD, @GoldenBoyBoxing or by using the keyword#LemieuxNDam.

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COMMENTS

-Froggy :

Lemieux wins, that's all !


-brownsugar :

I'm pretty sure Froggy's analysis and methodology for picking Lemieu was ascertained through careful observation and the fact that his blood is practically shaped like little red maple leaves. Lol..... I hope its a good fight and the officiating is fair, NDam is so scientific the judges may not appreciate his touch and move style and may be more inclined to admire grisly bears more than butterflies. looking forward to this bull versus matador conflict.......me,... I'm picking the matador by UD,..... or the bull via controversy. May the best man win.


-stormcentre :

A careful analysis might say that N'Dam has too much and too many moves for David. Good call on whether the judges appreciate all N'Dam really has. Lemieux steamrolled through Rosado, but Rosado is not really a pure boxer in my opinion; more a musclebound fighter. Plus Rosado had taken one or two beatings before that fight too. David has been beaten by Rubio so who knows what that means now. I can't see Rubio ever beating N'Dam. And I think Lemieux would struggle with the Quillin N'Dam fought too; possibly making it to the 12th round with either a points loss - maybe - just maybe - something better - but that's really giving David the benefit of the doubt. If N'Dam doesn't get caught in the 1st half of the fight with one of those really high inertia shots David was throwing in on Rosado then N'Dam's speed, movement and better skills should take it. If David is not in championship fitness/form then N'Dam could get the KO. Obviously the same applies for N'Dam too. This is all just a guess though cause I haven't seen much of each guy lately. Should be a good fight. :)


-Froggy :

I'm pretty sure Froggy's analysis and methodology for picking Lemieu was ascertained through careful observation and the fact that his blood is practically shaped like little red maple leaves. Lol..... I hope its a good fight and the officiating is fair, NDam is so scientific the judges may not appreciate his touch and move style and may be more inclined to admire grisly bears more than butterflies. looking forward to this bull versus matador conflict.......me,... I'm picking the matador by UD,..... or the bull via controversy. May the best man win.
Pretty good post brownsugar LOL, may the best man win !


-oubobcat :

I have been going back and forth on this fight. This is an absolute true pick em bout in my opinion. Lemiuex has issues with boxers that move. And N'Dam uses his legs very well as was evidenced in his last bout against Curtis Stevens. N'Dam has good hand speed and can quickly get off punches and get out of range before Lemiuex sets to punch. Lemiuex is also very easy to hit and has never corrected the defensive issues that have been pervasive throughout his career. No head movement, squares up often to his opponents and often holds his hands low. That said, numerous factors seem to be weighing against N'Dam. He is not happy with his purse for this fight. He is not happy with the officials. If almost seems like at times he has resigned himself to being in a losing position already and building up the excuses. Lemiuex can punch too and N'Dam was dropped six times by Quillin (a horrible finisher) and once by Giovanni Lorenzo. Lemiuex is a much better puncher and finisher than either of those two. So my gut feeling here is that given N'Dam's mindset and chin he gets TKO'd. I see a situation where he gets hurt and tries to survive but doesn't punch back forcing the referee to step in. And then he will proclaim that the deck was stacked against him and his fear of the officials affecting the fight in fact came true.


-oubobcat :

I have been going back and forth on this fight. This is an absolute true pick em bout in my opinion. Lemiuex has issues with boxers that move. And N'Dam uses his legs very well as was evidenced in his last bout against Curtis Stevens. N'Dam has good hand speed and can quickly get off punches and get out of range before Lemiuex sets to punch. Lemiuex is also very easy to hit and has never corrected the defensive issues that have been pervasive throughout his career. No head movement, squares up often to his opponents and often holds his hands low. That said, numerous factors seem to be weighing against N'Dam. He is not happy with his purse for this fight. He is not happy with the officials. If almost seems like at times he has resigned himself to being in a losing position already and building up the excuses. Lemiuex can punch too and N'Dam was dropped six times by Quillin (a horrible finisher) and once by Giovanni Lorenzo. Lemiuex is a much better puncher and finisher than either of those two. So my gut feeling here is that given N'Dam's mindset and chin he gets TKO'd. I see a situation where he gets hurt and tries to survive but doesn't punch back forcing the referee to step in. And then he will proclaim that the deck was stacked against him and his fear of the officials affecting the fight in fact came true.


-amayseng :

Lemieux wins, that's all !
Deeply thought out and analyzed I am sure!! ha