Busy year ahead for Lemieux
by Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
After amassing 26 fights in exactly four years, it’s no wonder 22 year-old David Lemieux (25-1 24 KO) describes himself as a “steaming bull” in anticipation of this Saturday’s match-up in Montreal with former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1 19KO) after an eight month wait that has seen both a change in management and trainers. But while the wait was needed to make whatever changes that were deemed necessary by the fighter, expect Lemieux to resume the same frantic pace that was the norm before the setback with Rubio.
Talk in April from the fighter was about names such as Bute and Martinez while his promoter Yvon Michel was setting his sights on HBO and a platform where the world could better witness the young knockout artist.
While the Rubio fight certainly has forced a down shifting and softening of all the bravado, that certainly remains the goal, albeit this time, a little more quiet in tone.
If Lemieux does in fact power past Alcine who at 35 has seen only two wins in his last five fights, look for a return as soon as early as February for the middleweight contender.
“We’ll have to take a close at what happens against Alcine and make plans accordingly,” said Michel. “If it’s an early knockout, then we’ll try and find somebody who will last longer. If it’s a longer fight, we’ll have to see. David’s Lemieux’s next fight will be in February and then come back in April. Then again in June. He’s ging to fight every two months and we’re going to use that period of time to get him ready for HBO or Showtime and the highest level of boxing”
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