Lemieux knocks out O’Sullivan in first round
David Lemieux came out looking for a KO, and he got it.
Spike O’Sullivan had never been down in his career. In less than a round, he was down and stopped tonight against David Lemieux in a middleweight grudge match.
The official time of stoppage was 2:44 of round one.
Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO) is now back in the running for a potential middleweight title shot after crushing O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KO) with a left in the opening frame. It’s not an entirely unexpected result at all. O’Sullivan called Lemieux a one-trick pony in the buildup to this bout, but many noted at the time that Lemieux’s one trick is knocking out guys on this level, and he’s done it again.
Asked about the bad blood between he and O’Sullivan, Lemieux smiled and said, “Don’t piss me off, guys. I guess the message must be clear. Yes, I was motivated. I didn’t like all that trash talking that was done to me before the fight from O’Sullivan’s side.”
Kellerman further questioned Lemieux about the Canelo-GGG main event, and Lemieux said, “They’re two excellent fighters. I’m looking forward to fighting the winner, of course. There is no middleweight like David Lemieux.”
Lemieux landed 28% (22/79) of his total punches in the short fight, and 41% (19/36) of his power punches, as he came out hunting for a KO pretty clearly. O’Sullivan landed 32% (8/25) of his punches and 40% (4/10) of his power shots, nice percentages, but he wasn’t able to get going at all.