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Manager: Lemieux Will Not Fight Canelo Alvarez On The Cheap

For the last few years, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux has been chasing for a fight with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.

Several times, that goal was derailed for one reason or another.

Canelo, who holds versions of world titles in two weight classes, is targeting a return date in September.

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Canelo was scheduled to fight in May, potentially with WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, but the event was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He last fought in November, when he jumped up by two weight divisions, to the light heavyweight limit of 175-pounds, to score a knockout of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO world title. The belt was later vacated.

Canelo now plans to fight in the fall, at the super middleweight limit of 168-pounds.

It's well known, that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Canelo's handlers are not looking to break the bank in terms of the purse for the opponent. There won't be any audience-based revenue, as Canelo's fight is going to take place behind closed doors.

Lemieux's manager, Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTM), would like to get his boxer that high profile shot - but they are not going to do that fight for short money.

"David is indeed in the discussions [for Canelo's next fight]. I spoke with Eric Gomez [Golden Boy Promotions President] Thursday on this subject," Estephan said to The Montreal Journal.

“We are still at the embryonic stage in this file. It will depend on the offers made to us. One thing is certain, it is that David will not fight on the cheap. ”

Lemieux has not fought since December 7, when he recovered from two knockdowns to defeat Max Bursak in a 10-round war. Subsequently, spasms in his back prevented him from fighting in the early months of 2020 in Rimouski.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Sid-Knee on 07-07-2020

[QUOTE=Mexican Bidness;20645182]What do you mean $27 million? How much did Jacobs make? Smith wouldn’t get as much as Jacobs, but for the Ring belt and WBA Super the $10mil makes sense. BJS is garbage at 168. They would also go…

Comment by R-Hand Southpaw on 07-07-2020

[QUOTE=Mexican Bidness;20644803]I agree. I don’t think Lemieux is “scared.” But it’s a waste of time bringing up Lemieux because he gets pull in Canadian attendance and an American PPV on his belt. Those merits allow for hard negotiations and at…

Comment by Baba K on 07-06-2020

These dudes are straight crazy...fight Canelo, get paid then BEAT his @ss!! A fighter's mentality is "just let me in the door then I'll TAKE the money and fame for MYSELF". This cat just showing a lack of hunger...just…

Comment by Brassangel on 07-06-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20645296]There's a pandemic going on and fights have to be held without audiences. Canelo opponents have to accept that there is less money to go around. If they keep pricing themselves out then Canelo can't be blamed if he chooses…

Comment by Curt Henning on 07-06-2020

[QUOTE=ShaneMosleySr;20645329]Saunders did take the improved offer. Saunders accepted less than what Jacobs got to fight Canelo. Smith is game to take the offer GBP gave to Saunders but won’t give to Smith. Szeremeta is better than Dirrell, who Canelo will…

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