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David Lemieux says Sugar Ray Robinson inspired him to box, picks Canelo over GGG in third fight

The Canadian power puncher answered a few questions from fans on Wednesday.

David Lemieux v Gary O’Sullivan Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Former middleweight titleholder David Lemieux has been out of the limelight for a little while, but the 31-year-old slugger is still looking to get back into the big fights, and age-wise, does have the time to make more impact in the sport.

Lemieux (41-4, 34 KO) last fought in December, finally moving up to super middleweight and struggling to a split decision win over Max Bursak in Lemieux’s hometown of Montreal. He hopped on Golden Boy’s Instagram account Wednesday afternoon for a Q&A with fans.

On what inspired him to become a boxer:

“As a kid I used to fight a lot in the streets, I was a little bum. Then I saw some old school fights and Sugar Ray Robinson was on. He caught my attention. He inspired to put on some gloves, hit the bag in the gym, and try to be a boxer like he was. Not saying like him, but to try to be a great boxer.”

“I think the best boxer of all time, undoubtedly, is Sugar Ray Robinson. The best fighter of all time.”

On who will win Canelo vs GGG if/when they fight a third time:

“Canelo, undoubtedly.”

On whether or not he’d like a rematch with Gennadiy Golovkin:

“I said before I fought Golovkin at his peak, and he beat me. Hopefully Golovkin will fight me at my peak. Right now, I’m reaching my peak. But I need to be active and fight.”

On Curtis Stevens being the best knockout of his career:

“That was a great KO, it won Knockout of the Year in 2017. But Spike O’Sullivan was the most satisfying KO I had, because of all the trash talk.”

On the best boxing movie ever:

Rocky is pretty much the best boxing movie out there. It brings out the motivation in people.”

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