By Steve Kim
It was a disappointing night for David Lemieux who was clearly out-boxed by Billy Joe Saunders in his attempt to win the WBO middleweight title at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, this past Saturday night.
Lemieux didn't just lose, but he looked flat and listless over the twelve rounds.
Camille Estephan, the head of Eye of the Tiger Management, who handles Lemieux told BoxingScene.com on Monday, "You win some, you lose some when you're fighting with the top guys. We had a bad night at the office,(Saunders) had a great fight. So congrats to him."
The question is will Lemieux stay at middleweight?
"He's going to go stay at 160. We're not moving up in weight," said Estephan, who added," The real issue is that his shoulder has been bothering him, whenever he threw a jab his (left) hand would fall. I don't know if you noticed it. He didn't throw as many jabs. Usually, he walks in with a double-jab, triple-jab and he couldn't. His hand would just fall right off.
"So he has a problem with his shoulder. The doctors are saying that surgery is not required. We already had talks with the doctor this morning. But we have to do a specific type of plan when it comes to rehab."
Estephan makes it clear - "I hate talking about injuries as an excuse, every fighter has injuries and it could've been perfect and we still could've lost, who knows? But what was disappointing is that we didn't do our best. We lost the fight. We would've like to have said,'He was at his best and he lost the fight.' We can't say that, now. So that was the major issue."
As for his return,"I don't think he'll fight before April or May. The rehab is a six-week thing. So it'll be four-to-six weeks, then camp. So I want to be sure we fix it once and for all. We can not put a band-aid on it."
Estephan came away impressed by Saunders.
"What I found Saunders to be good at is just how precise this guy is. He's got a certain confidence in his eyes and he's got real precision. So without a jab you're a sitting duck."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com