On Saturday, October 22, 2016, David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) returned to the ring to score a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Cristian Fabian Rios (21-8-3, 6 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The fight was streamed in the U.S. via PunchingGrace.com.
In the opening rounds, Lemieux, a 27-year-old native of Canada, put a lot of pressure on Rios, a 33-year-old Argentine southpaw.
The last time Lemieux fought a southpaw was in May of 2014. In that fight, Lemieux utterly destroyed Fernando Guerrero in four rounds.
Lemieux, however, did not expect to be hit with straight left hands tonight, which suggests that he had a tough time dealing with Rios because of his southpaw stance.
Rios also was very elusive, which forced Lemieux to chase a bit and to work the body frequently. The body work payed off in the later rounds, and Lemieux landed harder and harder shots as the fight continued.
A Lemieux became more accurate, Rios began to move around much more, but in in the later rounds, Lemieux seemed on the verge of earning himself a stoppage victory.
In the tenth and final round, Lemieux desperately sought the knockout, but was unable to finish Rios.
Though he won via unanimous decision, this was not the homecoming Lemieux expected, and perhaps he could have done much better against a veritable nobody in what should have been a showcase fight.
Nevertheless, Lemieux won with two scores of 100-90 and one score of 99-91.
“With this win, David Lemieux has once again demonstrated himself to be a dynamic and resilient fighter,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions, Lemieux’s promoter.
“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.”
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Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.