By Eric Thomas: David Lemieux will be back inside the ring on Saturday night against Texas native James De La Rosa at the Olympia Theater in Montreal, Canada. Lemieux was blown out in his last fight by Gennady Golovkin last October in a unification fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Lemieux still believes he has what it takes to beat Golovkin. He just needs more time to improve enough to beat him.
Lemieux-De La Rosa will be televised on Fox Deportes this Saturday on March 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
It was thought that Lemieux would face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his next fight, but his promoters at Golden Boy were smart enough to realize that this wouldn’t be a good time to put him in with the hard hitting Mexican. It would be better to wait before they made that match-up.
De La Rosa is coming off of a long year layoff from the ring after being knocked out in 2014 in the 5th round by Hugo Centeno Jr. De La Rosa looked good at times in that fight, but he had problems taking Centeno Jr’s power. That’s probably why De La Rosa was selected to face Lemieux. Centeno Jr. is a good puncher, but he’s not on the same level as Lemieux.
“David Lemieux is a power house fighter with star quality, and U.S. audiences will get to see him in the ring again for the first time in 2016 on Fox Deportes March 12,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “His skill and speed will surely be a tough match for ‘King’ James De La Rosa, making for an entertaining fight for the fans.”
Lemieux still has the potential to be an exciting fighter when matched against the right kind of opponent. Putting him in with Golovkin was a bad idea though because Lemieux didn’t look ready for that fight. He was tentative and appeared afraid much of the time.