David Lemieux scored a stoppage win past the seventh round for the first time in his career tonight, scoring a 10th round TKO of Gabriel Rosado in the HBO main event debut for Lemieux at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Lemieux (33-2, 31 KO) battered Rosado (21-9, 13 KO) over the course of the fight, dropping him in the third round and beating up on his oft-injured left eye, swelling it closed and eventually forcing the ringside doctor to suggest the fight be stopped. Referee Steve Willis took that advice at 1:45 of round 10, giving Lemieux the well-earned victory.
Lemieux, 25, told HBO's Max Kellerman after the fight that he was ready for anyone at 160 pounds, be it Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, or Peter Quillin. He specifically said he's "not scared of" Golovkin.
Lemieux landed 227 of 621 punches (37%), including 178 of 377 power shots (47%). Rosado landed 142 of 398 total punches (36%), and 105 of 245 power shots (43%).
Do you think Lemieux showed potential to be a viable opponent for Golovkin?