Montreal has always had a rich tradition of boxing with card carrying toughs like George Chuvalo and Yvon Durelle among others waging many memorable wars there. I’m not sure what’s in the waters these days, but Montreal has never been hotter with great champs Lucian Bute, Jean Pascal, Adrian Diaconu, among others based there.
Lemieux is a good lookin’ kid on point for his breakout bout this Friday, October 29, against American fringe contender, Hector Machito Camacho Jr. The WBC International strap will be up for grabs in a 12 rounder, traditionally a good launching pad for future champs.
The 32 yr old Camacho has a huge name based upon the career of his famous father, Hector Macho Camacho Sr with the additional wealth of 14 years worth of his own accumulated boxing experience. He turned pro to much anticipation, but has stumbled, sputtered, stuttered, and stilted whatever talent and aspirations he had by backing off any significant challenges during his career.
In his last bout, Jr improved to 52-3-1, 28 KO when he picked up the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental middleweight title in Guyana against Danny “Deadly” Dalton, currently sporting a 292nd boxrec rating, the poster boy for the marginal opponents Camacho has cruised his career with.
Deadly Who? World Boxing What the F….?
So, yes, Virginia, the #3 WBC and WBA ranked contender Lemieux represents a significant leap in class and a genuine threat to Camacho’s tubby physical well being in spite of being short on experience. Sure, Jr’s a got a couple of bigger notches on his resume, like former lightweight champ Phillip Holliday whom he barely edged out near a decade ago, and most recently the 40ish Yory Boy Campos who has something like 120 bouts of wear and tear on his weary war bones, both worn out names posing no threats to Jr’s health. The only prime prospect/contender type that Jr has dared to mix it up with was a Ukrainian named Andrey Tsurkan who knocked him out in ’06 for the NABF light middle title.
I gather that Camacho was offered a good purse to lure him away from his established comfort zones to face such a dangerous knockout threat, but he probably thinks his experience and reflexes will be enough to leave with the title. Lemeiux has never faced such a slick, fast, spoiler type of boxer that is Camacho’s style, and with only has 52 rounds worth of experience, Lemieux is far short of the wily 321 rounds Jr has logged.
Maybe Jr thinks he can take Lemieux into deep waters and drown him, so this should be a good technical and developmental test for Lemieux as he looks for his first world title shot. Of course, the house will erupt if Lemieux can hurt Camacho, and it can’t hurt the hometown favorite that the bout falls in the wake of the Briggs beatdown by Vitali Klitschko that saw the boxing world pretty much unified in protest over the referee’s failure to stop the brutal mismatch any time after round 8.
Winner to be poised for a real title shot in the near future, so me thinks it’s a great opportunity to look into the future of boxing, David Lemieux, who possesses some bone crunching power and puts on a good show.
And, maybe he can box some too, ya know?