Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

David Lemieux 'Extremely Interested' In Fighting Canelo Next

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – David Lemieux more than did his part Saturday night.

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya put Lemieux on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin undercard with the intention of matching Alvarez against Lemieux if Alvarez beat Golovkin in their middleweight championship rematch. De La Hoya said it’s “very possible” Lemieux could be Alvarez’s next opponent following the Mexican superstar’s majority-decision victory over Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena.

That’s exactly what Lemieux wanted to hear following his one-punch, first-round knockout of Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan.

lemieux-canelo

“A fight with Canelo is something I’m extremely interested in,” Lemieux said. “I think it would be a great opportunity for me to show the world what I’ve got.”

Montreal’s Lemieux is just two fights and nine months removed from WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders completely out-classing him in their 12-round title fight. England’s Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs), a skillful southpaw Lemieux hardly touched, soundly defeated Lemieux by unanimous decision December 16 in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

But like Alvarez, Lemieux is promoted by De La Hoya’s company. The 29-year-old Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) also became the WBA’s mandatory challenger for Alvarez’s middleweight title by beating Ireland’s O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KOs), whom he knocked out with a vicious left hook.

De La Hoya has a December 15 date available for Alvarez’s return, but that probably will be too soon for him to fight again. Alvarez could make more than $50 million from his rematch versus Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), a brutal battle in which he suffered a cut over his left eye.

“We have to analyze the situation first,” De La Hoya said. “We have to talk with [Alvarez’s] team. Obviously there’s a cut. We’ve gotta deal with the doctors, deal with the situation. But it’s a potential fight and he’s a worthy contender.”

Lemieux’s limitations would make him a big underdog against Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), but the former IBF 160-pound champion is one of boxing’s most powerful punchers and thus dangerous.

“Big congratulations to Canelo, who fought an excellent fight tonight against Golovkin in the rematch,” Lemieux said. “I thought it was a fair play that he won the fight. It was a great fight and also, [Canelo is] someone I’m extremely interested in. So hopefully [I’ll have] a fight against him in the near future. Hopefully the fans will demand it.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Snoop Frog on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=Mike D;19113105]Canelo would dominate Lemieux to pieces. Lemieux's only chance would be to land a powerball lottery level homerun shot that knocks Canelo out. Otherwise he gets whitewashed.[/QUOTE] Agree. I see this as Canelo versus Rich Man's James Kirkland. I…

Comment by Superbee on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=joseph5620;19115841]This has nothing to do with Charlo or Andrade. [B]Charlo is the mandatory anyway[/B] so your statement is stupid.[/QUOTE] And so is Lemieux since Sat. Night... You keep missing that point... I don't say he deserves a shot at all…

Comment by TheFrog on 09-18-2018

I agree with all of you that say Lemieux doesn't deserve a shot. HOWEVER if Canelo is looking to stay busy in December then Lemieux is really one of the only options. Saunders Andrade Jacobs and Derevyanchenko are all scheduled…

Comment by joseph5620 on 09-18-2018

[QUOTE=Superbee;19114403]Problem is all those guys [I]pretending[/I] won't risk anything against him... Charlo and Andrade won't risk anything against someone who could stop them... And no "prospect" will want that either (bye-bye Munguia unless he's really something special) That leaves the…

Comment by Liondw on 09-18-2018

Sorry, but Lemieux does not deserve a fight for the title against the unified champion. Canelo would hand a one-sided beatdown of Lemieux. Besides Gokovkin, only Charlo, Saunders and perhaps the winner of [email protected] deserves a shot.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (57)
Top Headlines Pedraza: I'm Proud of What I Did, It Was Close Until The 11th Photos: Braekhus, Shields, Estrada Get Wins on Final HBO Card Fury To Wilder: You'll Need More Than a Million Judges To Rob Me Brook Warns Khan: Don't Come Crawling To Me After Crawford Dogboe: I Just Couldn't Get The Victory, The Best Man Won Michel Soro Has No Problems in Stopping Greg Vendetti Lomachenko-Pedraza Rating Looking Big For ESPN Hearn: WBC Has NOT Ordered Rematch, Wilder Can Face Joshua Dirrell Motivated, 'Ready For Challenge' of Yildirim Title Fight Shields Training Charlo, Ajagba, Apochi For Barclays Card Photos: Navarrete Stuns, Punishes Dogboe For WBO Title Wilder-Fury Rematch Talks To Begin Next Week, Says Warren Photos: Lomachenko Drops, Decisions Pedraza To Unify Belts Photos: Kell Brook Looks Flat in Decision Win Over Zerafa Photos: Carroll, Frenois Ends in Draw - No Mandatory For Farmer Teofimo Lopez: Im 2019, I Will Be Champion - I Guarantee It! Brook: I Want To Shut Khan Up, Then Move On To Spence, Porter Rene Alvarado Beats Carlos Morales, Targets Machado Shot Euro News: Spike O'Sullivan, Oliver Meng, Jordy Weiss, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Loma, Spence-Garcia, Pacquiao, More Filip Hrgovic Decisions Kevin Johnson Over Eight Rounds Lomachenko Wants More Belts, Hopes For Mikey Garcia in 2019 Mchunu Gets Revenge on Oosthuizen, Mbenge Stops Vazquez Pat Manuel, Transgender Boxer, Makes History With Win Lomachenko vs. Pedraza - CompuBox Punch Stats Cecilia Braekhus Retains Titles, Lopsided Decision over Lopes Lomachenko Drops Pedraza Twice, Wins Decision To Unify Titles Juan Francisco Estrada Breaks Down, Stops Mendez in Seven Lomachenko vs. Pedraza - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Claressa Shields Easily Boxes Past Hermans, Hammer Up Next Emanuel Navarrete Shocks Isaac Dogboe, Captures WBO Title Dogboe vs. Navarrete - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Teofimo Lopez Destroys Mason Menard - One Punch in One Besputin Drops Abreu Twice, Wins 10-Round Unanimous Decision Dogboe vs. Navarrete - CompuBox Historical Review Lomachenko: Getting Dropped Was Me Not Being Focused HBO Tripleheader - LIVE Results From Carson, California Lopez: Everyone Says I'm Overrated; I Haven't Shown Anything Yet Lomachenko-Pedraza Undercard Results From Theater at MSG Kell Brook Goes The Distance, Beats Zerafa in WBA Eliminator
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement