David Lemieux could face Canelo Alvarez in September
Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34KOs) is the latest fighter to be thrown in the mix to face the cash cow of boxing, Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36KOs), on September 12. This is according to his promoter Camille Estephan, who revealed to the journaldequebec.com that he’s had early conversations with Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez.
He cautioned that nothing is guaranteed and that his fighter won’t take a pay cut.
This all comes after two-division world champion and current WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14KOs) withdrew. His reasoning was the inability to have a proper training camp to prepare for such a huge fight. The two were scheduled to fight on May 2 before COVID-19 canned the fight.
The Canadian fighter is a known quantity in the sport with popular names on his resume. Previous opponents include IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, Curtis Stevens , Hassan N’Dam and Billy Joe Saunders. Also, if nothing else, David Lemieux presents the threat of a knockout at any moment given his explosive punching power.
Alvarez has been on the search for an opponent ever since boxing slowly resumed. Names such as former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell and former title challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko have been, at one point or another, under consideration.
It’ll be interesting to see who gets the fight with Alvarez considering the limited options and revenue potential due to restrictive fans attendance policies.
3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher