David Lemieux overpowered Glen Tapia as expected in the feature undercard bout on the Canelo-Khan card tonight on HBO pay-per-view, winning a fourth round stoppage when Tapia's assistant trainer called for referee Russell Mora to stop the bout after a knockdown.
Tapia (23-3, 15 KO) gave his usual good, honest effort, but once again found himself a bit outgunned by a better fighter. Lemieux (35-3, 32 KO) used his left hook to great effect, landing it to both the head and body, and that was the punch that scored the knockdown. Tapia did get up and looked relatively steady, but he was getting lit up in there by Lemieux, too, and just wasn't able to avoid any of the power shots -- and Lemieux throws a lot of power shots.
Lemieux landed 71 of 142 (50%) of his power punches, in fact, and 90 of 233 (39%) of his total shots, compared to Tapia's 30 of 69 (43%) on power punches, and 55 of 158 (35%) total. Tapia said after the fight he wished he'd been given a chance to simply throw caution to the wind, and that he felt slow and unable to get off with his punches. For Lemieux, it's a good bounce-back after last October's loss to Gennady Golovkin, and keeps him in the middleweight title mix.