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De La Hoya & Estephan Are Going To Work In Partnership To Organize Canelo vs. Lemieux

By Daniel Cloutier

VERONA, New York - The owner of the Golden Boy Promotions group in Los Angeles, the Californian former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, and the promoter of The Eye Of The Tiger Management Group in Montréal, the Montrealer Camille Estephan, are going to work in partnership to organize a fight between the Montrealer David Lemieux and the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez, before the end of the year or the beginning of next year. De La Hoya is the Lemieux’s promoter, Estephan his manager.

Both talked seriously about this project since the beginning of the month of March. “Oscar De La Hoya and I agree on the fact that a fight between David and Saul Canelo Alvarez would be a fantastic event on the international boxing scene,” said Estephan after the Saturday evening boxing show at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. “Alvarez is a super star on the international scene, and David is closer and closer to the statute of international super star himself. And I know howe much David is wishing to face a huge name like Alvarez this year or next year.”

Lemieux-Alvarez is on the table, but Alvarez (48-1-1), obviously, needs to beat his countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1) May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But actually, Alvarez is established favourite by the Las Vegas bookies by nine to one for this match up with Chavez.

Saturday evening in the ring of the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, Lemieux (37-3-0) scored one of the most impressive win of his pro boxing career.

He destroyed the New Yorker Curtis Stevens (29-6-0). He knocked him out cold in the third round with a superb right hand on the chin. Stevens has been unable to get back on his legs. He collapsed. He has been escorted out of the ring on the stretcher. However, a report from the Verona Hospital indicated that Stevens is not in danger at all.

“David offered us a marvelous win Saturday evening,” said Camille Estephan. “He is definitively more mature and more confident than ever. No doubt in my mind, David will play a major role on the international scene in the months to come. And I know that Oscar De La Hoya believes in David like I do. Obviously, Lemieux was a very smiling man after the Saturday boxing show.”

“It’s was a crucial bout for my exposure on the international scene, and the result is absolutely perfect,” said Lemieux. “I was so motivated for this bout. Stevens never stopped to insult me for two months, he never stopped to show his lack of respect for me. I wanted so much to destroy him, and I did it. I promised to my fans to knock him out, and I did. I wanted to take care of Stevens before talk about my big ambitions on the international scene, but now, it’s time to talk about it. It’s more than clear in my mind that I want now to fight the biggest names of the middleweight division. If a rematch with Gennady Golovkin is not an option on a short term, I am certainly interested to face Saul Canelo Alvarez… and my promoter and my manager love the idea. Perfect. No doubt that a match up between Saul Canelo Alvarez and me would be a mega fight on the international boxing scene. I am very impatient to see what Canelo gonna do against Julio Cesar Chavez May 6th in Las Vegas.”

And no doubt that a fight with Alvarez would generate a huge pay day for Lemieux. “Money is a big factor in a mega fight, but for me, the prestige of a match up with a star like Saul Canelo Alvarez is the biggest factor,” said Lemieux. “And with this impressive KO that I scored against Stevens, no doubt that the boxing fans around the world would love to see a fight between Alvarez and me become reality.”

Lemieux became IBF middleweight champion of the world in June 2015 at Bell Centre in Montréal, in beating the French African Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (35-2-0) by unanimous decision. However, in October the same year, he lost by TKO in the eight round against Golovkin (36-0-0) in an IBF and WBA unification titles bout.

“David made great progress technically and strategically since his defeat with Golovkin,” said Marc Ramsay,Lemieux’s trainer. “And David is training like hell day after day to reach his ambitions. I really believe that the next months will become the greatest moments of his boxing career. He has now the skills, the technique, the desire and the power to become back world champion. He will certainly impress his fans this year and next year, even if the opponents are more and more dangerous. David has reached a new level of effectiveness.”


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