It will be very difficult to pull off, but former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux is still hoping to fight twice before the year is over.

Lemieux has been doing his best to stay in shape. He set up a small gymnasium in his basement with everything needed.

 Before the break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lemieux had to cancel a planned fight due to a back injury.

“My body is thanking me right now. It will come back strong. I am 31 years old and I am clearly at the peak of my career," Lemieux told RDS.

Lemieux is nevertheless aware of the questions raised by his career. Many have bad memories of his last fight in December, which he won after being roughed up by Max Bursak.

Lemieux was dropped twice in the contest and had to rally down the stretch to secure a close decision win.

“2019 was not the year I wanted. We are going to put the scales in the right place and not have such long waits between each fight," Lemieux said.

The former world champion wants a stay busy fight, followed by a world championship fight.

“This is what we are considering. We will take a look at each situation. [The goal] is to have a fight as quickly as possible. So I stay ready,” Lemieux said.

Lemieux could chase the WBC super middleweight title, which has just been vacated. Lemieux is the third contender for the title. The belt was held by David Benavidez, who was stripped for being unable to make weight for a scheduled fight with Roamer Angulo.

The WBC ordered a clash between Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildiriim for the vacant title, but the contest does not appear likely to happen.