David Lemieux has signed a deal with Golden Boy Promotions, it was reported yesterday, and the 26-year-old Canadian knockout artist will now look to take the final steps of his climb up the middleweight ladder.
Lemieux (33-2, 31 KO) stopped Gabe Rosado on December 6 in Brooklyn in an HBO main event. The fight amounted to an audition for Golden Boy executives, who obviously were impressed by his aggressive style and his marketability. Oscar De La Hoya even called him "the ideal Golden Boy fighter":
"David Lemieux is the ideal Golden Boy fighter -- a power puncher who is exciting for fans to watch and willing to take on anyone in the division," De La Hoya said. "As the calendar turns to 2015 and Golden Boy further focuses on delivering the fights that fans want to see, David Lemieux will fit right in with our stable of new fighters."
Golden Boy recently lost the services of some of their bigger names, who will be moving on with power broker Al Haymon and fighting on his NBC boxing series. That list includes Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Marcos Maidana, Robert Guerrero, and Lamont Peterson, among many others.
With Golden Boy looking to get back to business, Lemieux makes for a fine first signing of the new era. Now who do you want him to face?