By Luke Furman
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) will be keep a close eye on the comeback of Miguel Cotto, which takes place in less than two weeks time.
Cotto, a four division world champion, will return to the ring on August 26th, when he faces Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The bout will be Cotto's first since suffering a twelve round decision loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in November 2015.
Both Cotto and Lemieux have a working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions.
If he wins, Cotto is planning to return on a date in December - which he maintains will be the final ring appearance of his professional career.
Camille Estephan, the manager of Lemieux, is hoping his boxer lands that fall opportunity with the Puerto Rican superstar.
"Cotto has a fight on August 26 in California, and he has to win and he has to look good. In December, we are hoping for Cotto to fight against Lemieux," Estephan told TVA Sports.
"We have to make several plans, but we are in a situation where Cotto wants the big fights and David Lemieux is recognized as one of the three best middleweights in the world. [The three best are] (Gennady) Golovkin, Canelo (Alvarez) and Lemieux. "
Speaking of Golovkin and Canelo, the two men are scheduled to collide on September 16 in Las Vegas, and the International Boxing Organization (IBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Organization (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight titles, all owned by Golovkin, will be at stake.
It is obvious that Lemieux and his team are following that fight closely - because they hope to get a fight against the winner, especially if that winner is Canelo.
"We are riding with David in the Cadillac, as they say," Estephan explained. "He's one of the most popular guys in the world in the middleweight division, certainly in Quebec, so he's going to be [looking for the winner of] this fight ... against Canelo, I hope."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.