In an all-out slugfest, hard-hitting Middleweight contender David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) delivered a solid victory in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, earning a unanimous 10-round decision over, Argentinian fighter Christian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs).
“With this win, David Lemieux has once again demonstrated himself to be a dynamic and resilient fighter,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This additional victory will open new doors for Lemieux, and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter in his boxing career will bring.”
In the opening bout at the Bell Center, rising Super Middleweight prospect D’mitrius Ballard (15-0, 11 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact, dominating Gergo Harvath (9-2-1, 5 KOs) throughout the early moments of the fight. In the second round, the Maryland-born Ballard knocked Harvath down three times before the referee waved off the fight.
Lemieux was of course expected to take care of the opponent in Rios. In front of his hometown faithful, this was a stay busy type of fight for him. It is surprising though that Rios was able to make it the distance, considering how few of Lemieux’s defeated opponents see the final bell. We’ll see what’s next for Lemieux now and if there’s a big opportunity on the horizon.