The Former IBF World Middleweight Champion, David Lemieux (38-3) will make his long-awaited return to world championship boxing before the current year reaches its conclusion. As we reported 8 days ago, a deal has been struck to see Lemieux challenge the undefeated WBO middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders (25-0) for December 16th.
Former 6-weight world champion and the face behind the Golden Boy brand, Oscar De La Hoya recently touched on the topic with the Los Angeles Times. De La Hoya has promised lucrative incentives to help fuel the fire behind his fighter’s ambitions; dangling the potential of a mammoth payday in a box office event against the lineal middleweight champion and one of boxing’s most marketable athletes in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2). Golden Boy Promotions currently promote both Alvarez and Lemieux and that matchup could make more sense to them as they go forward.