Eye of the Tiger took a batch of Canadian fighters down to Mexico to get the wheels turning, and David Lemieux, Simon Kean, and Erik Bazinyan all won as was expected going in.
Lemieux (43-4, 36 KO), the former middleweight titlist now campaigning at 168 lbs, stopped Peru’s David Zegarra (34-5, 21 KO) inside of two rounds, scoring one knockdown in the first and two more in the second. Zegarra’s got one of those purely manufactured records, but he’s also traveled around and fought some decent fighters here and there. (I mean, he does have five losses, and that’s what those are.)
Now 32, Lemieux had last fought in Oct. 2020, stopping Francy Ntetu in five on a small show in Canada. He stays in contention at 168, where he does have some appeal as a puncher, same as he did at 160, and it’s not a division overflowing with top talent at the moment, either.
32-year-old Simon Kean (20-1, 19 KO) beat up on hefty American club fighter Don Haynesworth (16-6-1, 14 KO) for four rounds until Haynesworth’s corner decided that was enough. Kean represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London, where he got the nod over 2016 gold medalist Tony Yoka in the first round, losing to Ivan Dychko in the quarterfinals. He’s not a mega prospect or anything, but Kean can fight, and with the right break or two could certainly find himself in a sanctioning body title mix.
Super middleweight Erik Bazinyan went to 26-0 (20 KO) with a second round stoppage of veteran journeyman Scott Sigmon (35-15-1, 18 KO), whom you might recall from hand-picked losses to Kelly Pavlik in 2012 or Roy Jones Jr in 2018. Bazinyan, 26, is could stand to step up the competition sometime soon if he’s going to be taken seriously as a contender. He’s been featured on some Golden Boy shows in the past.