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Lemieux rebounds, dominates Tapia

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David Lemieux might have lost some steam when he was knocked out by Gennady Golovkin last October, and even more when he had to have a fight canceled in March because he failed to make weight; but the hard-hitting Canadian quickly re-established himself as one of the best middleweights in the world with a fourth-round stoppage of Glen Tapia to win the vacant NABO Middleweight title.

And in the process he set himself up for a possible future fight against Canelo Alvarez.

It is widely believed that Lemieux intentionally missed weight in March so he got get on a prime position on a major card at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And if that was the plan it worked wonderfully.

As the co-feature to the massive headliner between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan for the WBC World middleweight championship, Lemieux put on a show. He started fast and landed some hard, uncontested shots that hurt Tapia early. In the second round, he buckled Tapia with a hard right hand to the face. Lemieux’ power is clearly up there with the best pound-for-pound hitter and he continued to us his heavy hands to beat Tapia down.

In the fourth round, Lemieux knocked Tapia down for the first time in his career with a left-right combination to the head. Tapia got up well before the count of 10 and appeared ready to go, but Tapia’s corner saw enough and stepped onto the apron to ask for a stoppage. Referee Russell Mora waived for the bell at 56 seconds in the fourth round.

Tapia was blanked through four rounds. He was getting crushed and his corner just witnessed him getting sent to the mat for the first time ever. After getting so much flack for not calling his fight against Michael Soro earlier despite taking so much damage, his corner made the right call. Tapia was getting battered, he wasn’t moving well. There was almost no hope for a turnaround. Lemieux dominated him.

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