David Lemieux blasts Fernando Guerrero in three rounds
Popular Montreal-based middleweight puncher David Lemieux made quick work of former title challenger Fernando Guerrero, dropping the southpaw four times en route to a dynamic third-round stoppage on the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara undercard on Saturday in his hometown.
Lemieux (32-2, 30 knockouts) stormed Guerrero from the opening bell, forcing the former U.S. amateur standout from the Dominican Republic to retreat the entire fight. A counter hook delivered after Lemieux ducked under a straight left from Guerrero and came over the lefty's jab produced the first knockdown of the bout.
The 25-year-old power-hitter relentlessly pressed the contstantly backpedaling Guerrero (26-3, 19 KOs) in Round 2, punishing the 27 year old along the ropes with accurate body and head shots, cutting his right eyelid and forcing him to take a knee.
In Round 3, Guerrero voluntarily took a knee, claiming that he couldn't see from his bloody right eye. Lemieux cornered him soon ater he got up and unloaded a series of powerful lefts and rights that set up the fight-ending uppercut that put Guerrero on one knee where referee Michael Griffin waved the bout off.
"The results in the ring are my dedication in the gym and in my life," Lemieux told Showtime's Jim Gray after the fight. "I do my best for my fans and my family. I respect Fernando Guerrero. I studied him for many months, so I'm extremely happy at the outcome of this fight.
"I knew Fernando Guerrero is a very strong fighter, very tough, so I wasn't surprised that he would get back up when I knocked him down, but once I started landing my power I could see that things changed in his eyes."
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