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David Lemieux promises fireworks in bout with Gabriel Rosado

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On December 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, David Lemieux and Gabriel Rosado will go head to head for the NABF middleweight title - live on HBO.

All of the recent talk in the middleweight division has been about one man - Gennady Golovkin - a Kazakh knockout machine who has battered and bludgeoned everybody standing in his way, en route to WBA, IBO and WBC (Interim) glory. The softly spoken, hard hitting 'GGG' isn't the only gunslinger in town, though.

Lemieux potential

Lemieux (32-2, 30KO's), at just 25-years-old, has already forged a fierce reputation of his own. And despite back-to-back setbacks in 2011 at the hands of Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine respectively, the Canadian slugger insists he is back on track and ready to take the 160-pound scene by storm.

"I'm going to be a beast on December 6 and it's going to be dangerous. I can't wait. I've always trained hard, for people who don't know my background; I've never cheated myself. I always put in all the work in the gym," Lemieux told onlookers at the official press conference.

"I'm going to be a beast on December 6 and it's going to be dangerous. I can't wait. I've always trained hard, for people who don't know my background; I've never cheated myself. I always put in all the work in the gym"

"We've had some miscalculations and setbacks, but we're back on track and we're here to stay on top of the pyramid."

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Rosado challenge

Rosado (21-8, 13KO's) is a game and willing contender with skills and experience of pitting his wits against the best.

The seasoned Philadelphian has twice battled for a world title. He received a bloody pummelling at the hands of the aforementioned Golovkin in January of 2013; and he thoroughly outboxed and outclassed Peter Quillin (former WBO middleweight titleholder) in October of the same year, before being stopped due to a nasty cut around his eye.

The combative Rosado is ready for a heated encounter, but is confident in his ability and experience.

"I respect Lemieux. He is a tough fighter. Just because I respect him doesn't mean I am going to give him too much respect [in the ring]," he said.

"When it comes to the caliber of fighters I have faced, I've faced better names. I need to use my experience and intelligence in this fight."

"When it comes to the caliber of fighters I have faced, I've faced better names. I need to use my experience and intelligence in this fight."

One would be forgiven for looking at the 28-year-old Rosado's record and dismissing him as cannon-fodder for the power punching Lemieux. However, there is an old saying in boxing that has stood the test of time; 'Records are for DJ's.'

Lemieux is well aware that he has his hands full with the likeable Rosado and he is preparing diligently for a potentially tough night at the office.

"I can't wait for the fight. Gabriel Rosado is a great fighter. He comes to fight and he's a very tough opponent. However, I've never felt so strong in a camp and trained so well. If you saw my fight against Fernando Guerrero, it is going to be a new David again."

The fight ahead

Three years on from the only blemishes on his professional CV, Lemieux is walking the walk, talking the talk and looking good in the process. The Montreal man is eager for action and he is keen to set the tongues of boxing fans wagging.

"Not everybody knows me here, but after December 6, you will. If you're worried about 'GGG', there's a new name that's coming in... Lemieux. Wait until you see my fight and then we will speak," Lemieux said assertively.

"I'm here to put on the best show and with Rosado, he's a great fighter so it's going to be fireworks and dynamite in the arena. I can't wait."

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