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.

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.