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Lemieux vs. Ryder Cancelled

By Daniel Clottier

The former IBF middleweight champion of the world, the Montrealer David Lemieux (40-4-0) injured his right hand in a training session Wednesday afternoon in Montréal, then, his WBA super middleweight elimination bout which was supposed to oppose him to the British John Ryder (27-4-0), has been officially cancelled.

This WBA 168 pounds elimination bout was supposed to be presented before the WBA, IBF and WBC middleweight championship off the world opposing the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) to the New Yorker Daniel Jacobs (35--2-0) May 4th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s a very frustrating situation, but I will be obliged to cure my right hand before returning in the ring,” said Lemieux Wednesday afternoon. “I got a very good training camp, I was perfectly ready for this challenge, but this injury wasted this great opportunity to fight for the WBA elimination bout. I hope to have another opportunity like this one in the months to come.”

“I am extremely disappointed by this situation,” said the Montrealer promoter Camille Stephan, who is the Lemieux’s manager. “David was in the best shape of his career, and I was sure he would win this elimination fight. According a doctor in Montréal, David will be obliged to stay inactive for at least two months to cure totally his right hand.”

The promoter of the Golden Boy Promotions organization, the former champion of the world Oscar De La Hoya, is the Lemieux’s promoter.


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