After a 15-year professional career, boxer David Lemieux announced on Saturday that he was hanging up his gloves to focus on his family life.
Quebec closes its career with an impressive record of 43 victories, including 36 from the K.-O. , in 48 battles. The biggest moment of his career was his victory over Hassan Nadam to become the IBF World Middleweight Champion.
Over the years, the 33-year-old boxer has also fought big fights against big opponents like Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Saunders and Gary O’Sullivan. The last time he entered the ring was in May, in a lost case to David Benavides.
“I achieved a lot during my career, fulfilled my dream of being a world champion, and gave the fans exciting fights by accepting all the challenges that were presented to me. I devoted my daily life to training and boxing, and now I want to enjoy every moment with my family.”
Under the protection of Groupe Yvon Michel until 2015, Montrealer retained the services of coach Marc Ramsay, whose collaboration dates back to 2011. Lemieux had just suffered his first loss of his career, against Marco Antonio Rubio.
“I remember the 10-year-old training in the old gym in Ross amber every day with such determination. It is the same determination that after a few years led him to the top of the boxing world. I can say without a doubt that David was one of the boxers who I’ve loved their training more than during my career,” Ramsay said, pleased with the young veteran’s decision.
In May, Lemieux and his wife, former Olympic diver Jennifer Abel, announced the birth of their son.
The past few months have been emotional accusations of the boxer, whose father Andre Fernand Lemieux was shot by a cold bullet in early August in the Saint Laurent neighborhood.
“David is the kind of guy we love because he’s real, and he has a heart as big as a Quebec. He’s a man of challenge as he’s shown throughout his career. He has all my respect for what he’s achieved, and even more so today, to retire at this time, healthy, rather than just clinging to the past.” EOTTM President Camille Estefan said he will retire in time and I say thank you for everything.
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