Lemieux: Fielding Not Dangerous; Won't Last Once Canelo Connects

By Keith Idec

David Lemieux was convinced he’d be Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent.

Once Lemieux’s left hook knocked out Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in the first round September 15, the former IBF middleweight champion assumed he was in perfect position to challenge the Mexican superstar. Alvarez edged Gennady Golovkin to win a majority decision in their rematch that night in Las Vegas and Lemieux, like Alvarez, is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s company.

Montreal’s Lemieux was as surprised as anyone when Alvarez announced that he instead would move up to super middleweight for a fight against England’s Rocky Fielding. The Alvarez-Fielding fight will headline a card Saturday night at Madison Square Garden (DAZN).

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The 28-year-old Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will compete as a full-fledged super middleweight for the first time when he faces Fielding (27-1, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 12-rounder for Fielding’s WBA world 168-pound championship.

“I not worried about no payday,” Lemieux told “I’m gonna get my paydays, Canelo or not. But I don’t think Fielding is dangerous for Canelo. He’s not a big puncher and if Canelo connects, it won’t last.”

Win or lose, Alvarez, the WBA/WBC middleweight champion, is expected to move back down to the 160-pound division for his following fight.

Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) was scheduled to box the Bahamas’ Tureano Johnson (20-2, 14 KOs) on the Alvarez-Fielding undercard, but the contest fell out on Friday after the Canadian star was unable to make weight. He was taken to the hospital for severe dehydration.

The 29-year-old Lemieux hopes that if Alvarez wins Saturday night, Alvarez actually will fight him next this time - although now it's not clear if that contest would have to take place at a catch-weight.

De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez led Lemieux to believe he would square off against Alvarez once they both won September 15 at T-Mobile Arena. According to Lemieux, demolishing O’Sullivan so easily must’ve made them think twice about allowing Alvarez to box him next.

“The last fight, it was already said that the winner of the main event [Alvarez or Golovkin] would fight the winner of the semi-main event, the semifinal [Lemieux or O’Sullivan],” Lemieux said. “So that didn’t happen. I guess they didn’t like the way I took care of O’Sullivan.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Adamsc151 on 12-27-2018

In the end the answer proved to be no. Rocky disappointed that night big time. He's got decent power - most of his wins are by KO, and the massive height and reach difference should have been enough. I get…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;19357209][B]Lemieux vs Eubank please[/B] and shouldn’t Lemieux stfu and get some bed text in hospital[/QUOTE] good idea !

Comment by VatoMulatto on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=Adamsc151;19357623]Funny; I've got Rocky at about a similar level at 168 as Lemieux is at 160, if not slightly higher. He doesnt telegraph quite as much and is slightly less predictable than Lemieux. The bonus being that Rocky is 6'1"…

Comment by VatoMulatto on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=Vlad_;19356889]Probably true, but still... Stfu you clown. Can’t even make weight for every second fight scheduled.[/QUOTE] He needs to move up to 168. He's killing himself to make 160 and it's cleary not working anymore.

Comment by Superbee on 12-15-2018

This thing will go the distance ... Wide UD for Canelo....

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