By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
David Lemieux scored four knockdowns on the way to being crowned a world champion.
The 26-year-old, who improved to 34-2 (31), had opponent Hassan N’Dam on the canvas four times before the final bell rang and he claimed the vacant IBF middleweight title.
Lemieux picked up scorecards of 115-109 twice and 114-110 from the ringside judges at the Bell Centre in Quebec City.
Starting strong in the early rounds, Lemieux used his customary murderous punching power to make his presence felt and show N’Dam. who slipped to 31-2 (18), who was boss.
The Cameroon-born Frenchman offered little more than lateral movement in a bid to escape the Canadian’s dominance as he was on the wrong end of a one-sided beatdown, similar to his previous failed attempt at title glory against Peter Quillin nearly three years ago.
A thunderous Lemieux left hook found the target in Montreal –– and that was when the fun began.
From there, four knockdowns proceeded –– one in round two, two in round five and the final one came late into the seventh.
N’Dam, who earned the title fight with a victory over Curtis Stevens last October, was not only overwhelmed by his opponent, but outfought, outthought and outclassed.by