David Lemieux vs Curtis Stevens will headline HBO Boxing After Dark on March 11 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in New York for a 12-round middleweight fight.
Well, many showed disappointment for a Lemieux-Stevens fight. Mostly were boxing fans who waited for a non-ppv boxing match on HBO. For them Lemieux-Stevens is a undercardesque match-up. They’re looking for better, free fight on TV. Fed up of high PPV subscriptions to star fighter match-ups and at times not delivering the goods.
But make no mistake, if you look at it, Lemieux-Stevens is a guaranteed all-action match. Both men don’t like to step back, hard hitters and looking for knockout victories. Lemieux has 82% knockout ratio while Stevens has 62% knockout rate on his ledger. Put them together and it’s gonna be a hell of a fight.
As a boxing fan, I don’t care who were the fighters shared a ring. As long as you I will see a good, competitive and action-packed fight, I’m good.
The worst thing about watching boxing is when you see a one-sided beat-down because of bad match-making. These were results of so-called tune-up fights, stay busy fights. Whatever you called it. Just to match an A level fighter to like C level fighter to boost the A level fighter’s activity, stock and or record.
Lemieux-Stevens is not at all what I mentioned above. Both men are strong middleweights contenders. What’s interesting is that both men lost to Gennady Golovkin. I’m sure they want to prove that they’re just one level below Golovkin at the middleweight division.
Lemieux had set his eyes for another shot at the world title.
“I’ve told everyone my goal is to once again become middleweight champion of the world. Curtis is in the way, and I’m going to go right through him,” said Lemieux.
If other boxing fans feel that this is a lousy match-up HBO can give on TV, well, for me, this is a must-see fight.