DAVID LEMIEUX IS TARGETING A POSSIBLE NON CATCH-WEIGHT FIGHT WITH CANELO IN EARLY 2017
Montreal, Canada (October 24th, 2016)– This past Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) returned to the ring and defeated Cristian Fabian Rios (21-8-3 6 KOs) of Argentina. The fight went the distance. The scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
Lemieux was not very happy with his own performance. In each round David was trying to force the KO, but Rios was defending most of the big shots from landing.
Lemieux’s trainer, Marc Ramsey, was very happy to see his fighter go rounds – and so was manager Camille Estephan.
“Marc wanted to go rounds, even if that wasn’t what David wanted. David was returning from knee surgery and he didn’t get hurt and I’m really delighted. The result was promising,” Estephan told RDS.
“The ultimate goal is to fight against Canelo. I can not stop repeating it, but that’s it. I think it will happen in 2017. Discussions are already underway. It is easy for us to make this fight, because we are close to Golden Boy. But Canelo knows that a weight between 154 and 160 – it will not be possible,” Estephan stated.
Originally the plan was for Lemieux to face Billy Joe Saunders but the WBO ordered Saunders to make back to back mandatory defenses first. Lemieux planned to have the WBO title and then face Canelo in 2017. Lemieux and Canelo are both promoted by Golden Boy.
“It was in the script for David to be a world champion when he faced Alvarez. That’s why we wanted to face Saunders in December,” Estephan said.
Lemieux may return on the possible undercard position on the December 17th event featuring Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Smith Jr. on HBO at The Forum in Los Angeles .
The goal for Lemieux and his team is to finalize a showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (48-1-1, 34KOs) in the first half of 2017.
Canelo, who currently holds the WBO junior middleweight title, is planning to move up to 160-pounds in his next fight. However, his trainers have recently mentioned a potential catch-weight of 158 to test out how Canelo adapts to the new weight class. Canelo had previously held the WBC middleweight title, but he never fought beyond a catch-weight of 155.
Lemieux, who has difficulty making the middleweight limit, will not agree to fight at anything less than 160-pounds.
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