David Lemieux laid down a beating tonight, but despite having his usual power, he couldn’t get out the double tough Marco Reyes, who survived all 10 rounds and pushed the fight to the judges.
Scores were clear, with Lemieux improving to 38-3 (33 KO), winning on tallies of 98-91, 99-90, and 99-90. BLH had it 98-91 for Lemieux, who was ostensibly auditioning for a fight with tonight’s main event winner, potentially in September. Lemieux, 28, has also said he wants a rematch with Gennady Golovkin.
Montreal’s Lemieux started fast in this one, dominating the first three rounds, but perhaps expended too much energy in the third, and slowed down a bit. Reyes (35-5, 26 KO) hung around in the fight, despite bleeding profusely from outside his right eye thanks to a Lemieux left hook, and pushed Lemieux the distance if nothing else. He put on a brave performance.
Lemieux landed 145 of 442 (33%) of his total shots, and 112 of 274 (41%) of his power shots, which landed with much more crispness and snap than did those of Reyes. Reyes landed 115 of 470 (25%) of his punches, and 83 of 320 (26%) of his power shots.