Lemieux destroys Ayrapetyan
By Jim Dower: Canadian middleweight David Lemieux (28-2, 27 KO’s) continued with his successful comeback tonight with an impressive 2nd round knockout of an over-matched 31-year-old Albert Ayrapetyan (20-4, 9 KO’s) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Lemieux, 23, knocked Ayrapetyan down three times in the fight, and ended it with a big right hand that dropped Ayrapetyan as he foolishly was attempting to fight off the ropes.
Lemieux knocked Ayrapetyan down twice in the 1st round and Ayrapetyan barely escaped the round. Lemieux scored the first knockdown on a hard left hook to the head. Ayrapetyan seemed to be doing okay after the knockdown until Lemieux flurried on him when Ayrapetyan once again backed up to the ropes.
In the 2nd round, Lemieux hurt Ayrapetyan with a right hand that caused him to back up to the ropes. Lemieux then pursued and tagged him with a right-left combination followed moments later with a blistering right hand that dropped Ayrapetyan hard on the canvas. Ayrapetyan staggered back to his feet but referee Michael Griffin chose to halt the fight at that point because Ayrapetyan looked too hurt to continue. The fight was stopped at 1:26 of the round.
Lemieux is now scheduled to step it up a little and face Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23 KO’s) on February 8th. Torres can punch a little and if he can take the fight into the second half he could beat Lemieux like Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine did. Lemieux can punch but he has terrible stamina and his defense is nonexistent as it was tonight in this fight.