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David Lemieux vs. James de la Rosa set for March 12th in Montreal

de la Rosa has not competed since a knockout loss to Hugo Centeno in December of 2014.

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After a two stateside fights in his last three, David Lemieux will be returning to his hometown of Montreal to face James de la Rosa this upcoming March. The man himself has retweeted two separate announcements of the fight, which is also listed as confirmed on BoxRec.

Following consecutive upset losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine, Lemieux (34-3, 31 KO) put together nine straight wins, seven of them knockouts. He tore up Gabriel Rosado two Decembers ago in his first U.S. appearance, then dropped Hassan N'Dam four times en route to taking his IBF middleweight title.

These wins set him up for a pay-per-view showdown with Gennady Golovkin, who broke Lemieux down behind a jackhammer jab before eventually stopping him in the eighth.

de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KO) somewhat emerged from obscurity on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana II, where he dominated the sapped husk of Alfredo Angulo for ten rounds. The comedown was rather swift and merciless, however, as he fell via knockout to Hugo Centeno a few fights before Lemieux's win over Rosado. He's not fought since.

de la Rosa shouldn't prove too stiff a test for Lemieux, who is still young at twenty-seven and always good for a fun fight. At the very least, this should give us a decent idea of where Lemieux's head is after the Golovkin rout.

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