On Saturday night in Montreal, David Lemieux will return to action five months after his loss to Gennady Golovkin on HBO pay-per-view, taking on Texas' James de la Rosa in a 10-round middleweight main event at Olympia Theatre.
Lemieux (34-3, 31 KO) lost his IBF title that night in New York, but says he's put the defeat to Golovkin behind him, and is ready to move his career forward.
"I'm just coming back from a big fight, but I've moved on. I am ready to step into the ring to win," he said on Thursday at the final press conference for the bout. "I'm glad to be back home with all the fans who have supported me throughout my career. People who see this fight will get their money's worth, it's going to be an exciting fight."
de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KO) is a classic bounce-back opponent on paper, but he did catch a fading Alfredo Angulo asleep at the wheel in 2014, winning a clear 10-round decision. In his next fight, however, he was knocked out by prospect Hugo Centeno Jr, and hasn't fought since December 2014.
Still, the 28-year-old says he's not just coming to be a get-well win for Lemieux.
"I am here to fight," he said. "I had a great training camp and feel confident that on fight night I will be the best."
The fight will be televised on FOX Deportes in the United States, and on pay-per-view in Canada.