Lemieux Off Of Canelo-Jacobs Card
The co-main event for Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs has a hole to fill, as former world champion David Lemieux, has withdrawn from his 168-pound debut against John Ryder.
The news came on Wednesday that Lemieux injured his right hand during a sparring session, and his doctor has recommended that he rest for eight weeks before any type of training.
”Training camp was going really great,” said David Lemieux in a press release. “I felt in tremendous shape, the strongest I’d ever felt in my entire career. But, I will be back soon. Hopefully, the fans will understand. I promise I will make it up to them once I’m healed.”
“I’m very disappointed since he was in the best shape of his life both in the gym and in the ring,” said Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management. “We will take the time to heal his hand and get right back in the chase for a world title.”
“It’s very unfortunate that David Lemieux’s return has been postponed,” said Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy. “But this is boxing, and these things happen. We wish David a speedy recovery and look forward to his return, so he can make big waves at 168 pounds.”
Lemieux has not fought since his win against Gary O’Sullivan in September, on the undercard of Canelo-GGG II, and was set to fight Trueano Johnson on the Alvarez-Fielding card in December, but was hospitalized for extreme dehydration.
With the weight-cut being too arduous for Lemieux, he was set to debut at super-middleweight, but another injury has sidelined the former world champion.