Manager: Why not Lemieux-Canelo at 168?
David Lemieux was set to face Tureano Johnson back on Dec. 15 as part of the undercard for Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding, and Lemieux saw himself getting a major knockout in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd.
But that didn’t happen, as Lemieux was instead taken to the hospital on Dec. 14 after feeling ill, possibly stemming from his weight cut. The bout with Johnson was scheduled to take place at middleweight. Camille Estephan, Lemieux’s promoter/manager at Eye of the Tiger in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, said Lemieux went to bed weighing 160.5 and typically loses half of a pound overnight.
“[When he woke up] David was having trouble hearing, and he couldn’t even see,” Estephan said. “It’s never easy for David [making 160], but we figured, he’d take off his underwear, make 160. I was in a business meeting, and I got a message from the coach, ‘I’m taking David to the hospital.'”
Estephan said Lemieux did not want to go, hoping to feel better later in the day. However, at the hospital, Estephan says the hospital trip found Lemieux in a state of kidney failure but “we need more tests to find out why.” Lemieux will be visiting with doctors in Montreal in a couple of weeks for more information.
“David was extremely disappointed,” Estephan said. “He didn’t want to go to the hospital. He worked nine weeks, suffering, sparring, cutting to make weight. He didn’t get paid, there were major consequences. He was sure he was going to score KO of the Year.
“Now, I don’t think he realized how severe the situation was until he saw his own doctor, saw the report. He was close to needing dialysis. We need to know why did that happen? So is he suitable for fighting at 160? I don’t know.”
But Estephan isn’t closing the door on all major opportunities for Lemieux. Even if the chance to fight WBA/WBC Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez is no longer in the cards for middleweight, there’s a possibility the two could meet at super middleweight. Alvarez scored a third-round knockout of Fielding that December night in New York to capture the WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Championship.
“I do know we want Canelo, and why not at 168?” Estephan said. “We had the KO of the Year against Spike O’Sullivan and we came back from that Billy Joe Saunders fight. If David hits Canelo flush, he will put him to sleep!”
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