By Steve Kim
Coming off his first round destruction of Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan on September 15th, former IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux was hoping that he would be facing unified middleweight champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who last week decided to face WBA 'regular' super middleweight belt-holder Rocky Fielding on December 15th at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
So what now for Lemieux?
Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions (which co-promotes Lemieux with Golden Boy Promotions) told BoxingScene.com - "We want to keep David busy, keep him fighting and become unavoidable for Canelo. We're hoping to fight in December, he's in camp now, he's getting ready. The fight (with O'Sullivan) was a quick fight, he had a big camp for it and we hope to be fighting in December."
As for the possibility of being on Alvarez's undercard:
''We'll see, it depends on what's out there for us," answered Estephan. "We're going to look at the options with the guys, Eric (Gomez) and Oscar (De La Hoya) and decide."
Many had assumed that Lemieux would face the Mexican star next given that he's a well-known challenger and under the same promotional banner but for some reason he was bypassed.
"I guess it's a combination of two things," Estephan surmised, "you have a world title that became available to him so that could become historical to say he became a world champion in three divisions. But I think David Lemieux is a very, very dangerous undertaking for any fighter. When David is healthy and at his best he's going to drop anybody and we want that fight.
"We want to do it in 2019."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com