Who Does A Returning David Lemieux Believe He Will Fight?
At one point, David Lemieux was on top of the world at middleweight. Facing some of the best fighters within the division, “The Demolisher” controlled the Canadian boxing scene. While the latter half of his career has been riddled with injuries, the 31-year-old is hoping to return in grand fashion.
Lemieux (41-4) spoke with Boxing Scene regarding his next potential fight. While he has plenty of challengers, Lemieux may be close to facing off against Canelo Alvarez.
“If we were to fight Canelo next, we would do everything I need to prepare,” Lemieux stated. “I’ve been in the game a long time, and I can build a camp to be in super shape for a fight against Canelo. I’m looking forward to a fight and victory against Canelo … Styles make fights, Canelo would be a great matchup for me, and fireworks for the fans. I’ll be prepared for any scenario — and not just ready, but ready to win.”
Making his professional debut in 2007, Lemieux won the WBC Youth Intercontinental Middleweight and Canada Super-Middleweight Title. In 2010, he beat Elvin Ayala to win the WBC International Middleweight Title. His 25-fight win streak was broken against Marcio Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine.
Lemieux would then win nine in a row, including winning the NABF and IBF Middleweight Title, eventually losing the latter belt against Gennadiy Golovkin. After four more wins, he lost to Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO Middleweight Title. Taking breaks due to injuries, Lemieux has won three in a row, last beating Max Bursak in December via split decision.
Recently stating he would like a bout before Canelo to avoid any ring rust, Lemieux has taken even more time off as a result of COVID-19. It has helped him nurse previous pains. While a date for his return is unknown, Lemieux is getting ready for his opportunity to shine.
“Covid-19 has given me time to recuperate from my injuries,” Lemieux went on to say. “I used the time to heal from injuries and prepare properly. I would have definitely preferred to be fighting and be in action, but once the light is green, I am going to be very ready to go.
“Inactivity didn’t play in my favor. I wanted to work on that this year, and then came the pandemic. I want to be active. Once all of this is over, hopefully, I will have two fights by the end of the year.”
Canelo is hoping to fight by September, with Golden Boy looking to work around his expensive deal with the potential of no revenue being produced. The hope is that he can face Golovkin in a trilogy bout by 2021.