Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto: KO artist David Lemieux waits in the wingsWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Is Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez, slated to take place in October or November, the biggest fight in boxing?
If so, the second biggest fight in the sport may be Gennady Golovkin vs the winner of Cotto vs Canelo.
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Cotto, Canelo or Golovkin? Who will reign supreme at middleweight and which of those fighters is most likely to succeed Floyd Mayweather as boxing's top fighter.
Waiting in the wings is a middleweight who may threaten each of the 154-160 pound powerbroking triumvirate.
Last night at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada, David Lemieux (34-2, 31KOs) scored four knockdowns and cruised to a points verdict over the tough Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam who came to fight.
Scores were 115-109 (twice) and 114-110.
With the win, Lemieux's ninth in a row, the Canadian fighter collected the IBF title left behind by Jermain Taylor and reinforced his claim as a serious player at middleweight.
Entering last night’s bout, David knockouts-to-fights ratio was a bloodcurdling 89 percent, almost as high as Golovkin’s (91 percent). Moreover, he joins Gennady and Deontay Wilder among today’s few world champions who boast a knockout percentage of 85 or higher.
When Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin settle matters among themselves, will Canada's KO artist and Golden Boy's recent acquisition still be lurking behind the scenes? And by then, will David Lemieux have the juice to help sell a PPV superfight?
Unquestionably, Lemieux needs at least one more BIG win over a quality contender to be mentioned among the true powerbrokers of 154-160.
Look for David on the undercard of Cotto vs Canelo later this fall. And don't be surprised if Lemieux somehow figures into the Cotto/Canelo/Golovkin mix in or by 2016. As a matter of fact, expect it.
David Lemieux fact & stats
- Record: 34-2, 31 KO
- Age: 26
- Debut: 2007
- Knockouts-to-fights ratio: 86%
- Height: 5'9½"
- Reach: 70"
- Biggest wins: UD 12 Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (2015), TKO 10 Gabriel Rosado (2014), KO 3 Fernando Guerrero (2014), KO 1 Hector Camacho Jr (2010)
- Losses: TKO 7 by Marco Antonio Rubio (2011) and MD 12 by Joachim Alcine (2011)