The former Ibf Mw champion David Lemieux entered this fight with a professional record of 34-3-0 (31 KOs=91%) and he is ranked as the No.9 middleweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez). He fought twice last year beating Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (=Lemieux vs N’Dam N’Jikam) but then he lost to Gennady Golovkin (=Golovkin vs Lemieux).
His opponent, Glen Tapia, has a boxing record of 23-2-0 (15 knockouts) and he entered as the No.62 super welterweight. He also fought twice in 2015, winning the first bout, against Daniel Dawson (=Tapia vs Dawson), and losing the second one, with Michel Soro (=Tapia vs Soro). Lemieux vs Tapia is valid for the vacant WBO NABO middleweight title; undercard of Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Division: middleweight (160 lbs, 72.6 kg)
Title: vacant WBO NABO middleweight title
Lemieux’s previous fight: Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux
Tapia’s previous fight: Glen Tapia vs Michel Soro
Lemieux’s next fight: David Lemieux vs Cristian Fabian Rios
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18 comments on “2016 BOXING fight – David Lemieux vs Glen Tapia – full fight Video”
I’ve seen octopuses hauled into a boat and beaten with a club that had more of chance than Tapia.
Did Golden Boy sign him just to give Lemieux an easy comeback fight?
One way fight for Lemieux. He didn’t seem to rush things up, he boxed more than usual.
I want to talk about Freddy Roach now. That’s the second time I see him throw the towel this year. First time was with Pascal against Kovalev. Pascal was losing every rounds, taking a severe beating. That stoppage seemed fair enough, even though Pascal protested.
This time, it’s different. Yes, Tapia lost all three first rounds, yes he went down from Lemieux’s left hook but it was a flash knockdown. Was Tapia able to resume the fight? Absolutely. Could Tapia have comeback in this fight? Maybe! Lemieux tends to fade out in the later rounds and we’ve seen that in his fight vs Rubio. You never know what’s going to happen, this is boxing! Tapia was landing some good jabs, was taking Lemieux punches quite well until then. But Freddy decided he had seen enough. Because Freddy knows best. Because Freddy is “larger” than Tapia, he’s got more stardom than his fighter. Because Freddy is a future hall of famer, not Tapia. But I really feel for Tapia, because he surely trained very hard for the most important fight of his career. He really tried his best. And Roach didn’t have the decency to give him a chance. He didn’t wait until the end of this round, to look at his man in the eyes and tell him he’s going to stop the fight. I’m not sure Roach was trying to protect Tapia at that point, because to me, it didn’t seem as if his safety was at stake. It seemed more like a judgement call from Roach. As if he was disappointed himself, as if he felt his fighter wasn’t following the plan. But this was probably Tapia’s last fight on TV, and we will never hear from him again. All odds were against him we already knew that, so maybe Roach is simply unconfortable in coaching underdogs. I don’t know. I just think I don’t like Freddy Roach!
Olivier, Tapia wasn’t putting a fight at all, he was very concerned, receiving just power punches, and worst of all being out boxed also by David.
You know as well as me he has not opportunities to win this fight and in a very high risk of receiving a brutal beating similar to Khan. Therefore, I fully believe that Roach did right in stopping the fight since safety is first.
I agree, he was losing this fight. But my opinion remains the same. I’ve seen fighters receive more punishment tha Tapia in these first 4 rounds. Like Mattsnow said, this is boxing. And even if it was baseball, football, basketball, no coach would call this a day after 3 innings or quarters just because he has doubts that winning is still possible.
If it would have been the 10th round it would be something else. I also read in Quebec’s papers that Jean Pascal gave 100,000 dollars to Roach to coach him for 8 weeks for Kovalev. Roach said AFTER the fight: 8 weeks is not enough to prepare for Kovalev. As if he could have done it, but was pretty happy to take the cash and didn’t tell Pascal beforehand.
Olivier and Matt, I understand your point of view because Roach may be is just business. However, since David is a very methodic and a powerful beast, and safety was involved you should give Roach some credit for his action at least in this occasion. Let’s see how he is proceeding in future bouts in front of similar situations in order to confirm or no your present suspicious.
Totally agree it was a flash knockdown and he should give his fighter a chance. Tapia had some pretty brief good moments. This is not curling, it’s boxing. Give your fighter a chance :)
So so on the stoppage.
Honestly I can see why they stopped it. Hadnt shown anything but taking punches. Looked lethargic and like he didnt want to be there.
Tapia seemed to be more concerned with his appearance, than with fighting. The stoppage was appropriate. Tapia was getting beat like a drum!
Very good fight but with just one of the opponents fighting to win. Tapia is a good boxer and now being coached by F. Roach we should assume that his performance would be better than before. However, i saw him very contained and fighting worrisome most likely because the painful feeling experienced through each of the power punches connected by David. I guess it was a very bad choice selecting David for this fight. David didn’t lost any time a went for the kill from the very beginning with a nice combination of punches and displaying a sound technique. The corner’s decision to stop the fight was quite right since Tapia hasn’t chances at all since it was even out boxed by David.
I would like to have seen more. A bit premature stoppage in my opinion. Tapia clearly wanted to go on.
Wow, Don’t see that at all Matt.
Tapia’s performance was awful. His corner done exactly the right thing, it was only going to get worse.
Pleased for David, he’s an exciting MW who’s proved he’s not interested in ducking.
A real rarity particularly in the MW division.
A really interesting match up would be David v Saunders.
Stoppages are always open to interpretations :) I hope David goes for Saunders too :)
Well that was a domination! That is a nice bouncing back from the GGG loss then the weight fail in Montreal for Lemieux. Tapia was a credible opponent and never was in it. It was for the NABO title and that will grant him a place in the top 10 of the WBO rankings.
I read in Quebec’s newspapers that the NABO move is not a coincidence because Golden Boy would like Lemieux to go after Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO titlist. Then Lemieux could try to unify against whoever including GGG or Canelo, but we are getting ahead of ourselves there.
Anyway 3 stars for the fight, even though it was one-sided, I thought it was more entertaining than Khan/Canelo lol
Good comment, however, I still liked more Canelo-Khan that may be overqualified. Perhaps because my anxiety and worries :-) when I saw the incredible speed of Amir’s hands and the potential for Canelo to lose the fight. With David, the beast, I was calm expecting a Tapia knock out at any time.
It was a perfect stoppage. Its not even in question.
Even Tapia wholeheartedly agreed.