|Lemieux's potent left hand is raised at home |
In the opening round, Lemieux, 26, set the pace with intense pressure and his left hook landed well as N'Dam, 31, tried to establish his range. In the second, N'Dam (from Pantin, France via Cameroon) found himself under pressure on the ropes and he actually tackled Lemieux as a defensive tactic. His relief was only temporary as a massive left hook from Lemieux dropped N'Dam in the corner. Lemieux's efforts to finish off the badly wobbled N'Dam were in vain as the game N'Dam managed to stay on his feet.
|Lemieux scored four knockdowns|
In the ninth, N'Dam continued to box while Lemieux looked to end the fight. As the later rounds wore on and turned into the championship rounds, Lemieux seemed to tire a bit and he ran out of viable ideas for putting N'Dam away. In the eleventh, they traded power punches and it was hard to tell who got the worst of it. In the final round, N'Dam let his hands go good but Lemieux kept up his attack until the final bell. Before the fight, N'Dam's manager Gary Hyde insisted that Lemieux was nothing but a "hype job" and N'Dam all but guaranteed an early KO win over Lemieux.
With the impressive performance in front of his frenzied hometown fans, Lemieux takes another step closer to a middleweight unification fight against WBA champion Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) while N'Dam looks towards an uncertain future in a glamor division where he's good enough to be a contender, but not good enough to be a world champion.
By Jeffrey Freeman, originally published on The Sweet Science