Is David Lemieux up next for Canelo?
By Hector Franco
October 6, 2016
A few weeks ago Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) defeated Liam Smith for the WBO 154-pound championship. Fans are now clamoring to find out what the next step will be in the Mexican stars career. Although, Canelo is still a major draw when it comes to getting fans into the stadium, he still needs a good dance partner to get fans to buy his PPV’s. This was evident in his fight with Liam Smith as 51,000 fans showed up at the stadium but only 250,000 to 300,000 bought the fight on PPV.
Canelo’s return to the ring has been delayed by an injured right hand in the Liam Smith fight. There are many options for Canelo available to him. Fellow Golden Boy promoted fighter, David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) may be the best option. Lemieux is the former IBF middleweight champion and is one of the biggest punchers in the division. His next fight will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada against Christian Rios. Should Lemieux come out victorious against Rios it seems a natural fit for a fight to be made between Lemieux and Canelo.
The Canadian is the perfect opponent for Canelo for a couple of reasons. The first is that he has a come forward style and is promoted by Golden Boy. Lemieux is also a common opponent with the man fans want to see Canelo in the ring with the most, Gennady Golovkin. When Golovkin faced Lemieux last year in October they sold out Madison Square Garden in record time. If Golden Boy is looking for the right opponent to open up the New York market for their biggest star, Lemieux isn’t a bad way to start.
For Lemieux, 2016 has been a slow year. If a fight with Canelo were to take place in 2017 it may not matter how 2016 went. This seems to be the direction that Lemieux and his team want to go in. The head of Lemieux’s management team, Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management told boxingscene.com what they hope will be the next step of Lemieux’s career.
The bottom line is that Lemieux needs to look good against Cristian Rios on October 22nd. Even with losing a one-sided fight to Golovkin, the fight is still the most exciting option for Canelo outside of Golovkin. Canelo has many suitors that would love to fight him. He is one of the few fighters in the sport that can pick and choose to fight whoever he pleases. We’ll have to wait to see what Canelo wants to do. If it ends up being David Lemieux fans can expect an explosive fight.
(Featured Photo: Will Hart)