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Canelo vs Chavez: David Lemieux, Joseph Diaz Jr added to undercard

The Canelo-Chavez pay-per-view card is set.

David Lemieux v Glen Tapia Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

David Lemieux just won a fight on March 11, and already has his next fight set, as the Canadian middleweight slugger will be back in the ring on May 6, facing Marcos Reyes on the Canelo-Chavez PPV undercard.

Lemieux (37-3, 33 KO) is coming off of a devastating KO of Curtis Stevens on HBO.

“I'm thankful to have the opportunity of being part of this event during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations,” Lemieux said. “I think I was able to send a clear message on March 11 with my performance against Stevens and I intend to do the same on May 6. I want to make sure that everyone understands that David Lemieux is making his way towards the top and that he intends to stay there.”

Reyes (35-4, 26 KO) is, to be frank, an also-ran fighter who bounces between middleweight and super middleweight. He may be best known for losing to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in July 2015.

“I know everyone is talking about the Lemieux knockout, but I’m ready to take him out,” Reyes said. “With my Mexican fans supporting me on Cinco de Mayo weekend, I’m ready to turn Lemieux’s lights out.”

A more intriguing addition to the show is a meeting between unbeaten featherweight prospects Joseph Diaz Jr (23-0, 13 KO) and Manuel “Tino” Avila (22-0, 8 KO).

“I’m excited to return for the first time in 2017 and put my [NABF] title on the line against such a tough competitor,” Diaz, Jr. said. “This fight will put me one step closer to a world title shot.”

“This is a golden opportunity to move myself into world title contention, and I’m not planning to let that chance slip away,” Avila said. “I know all about JoJo’s undefeated record, but he’s never faced anyone like me, and at the end of the night, my hand will be raised in victory.”

The previously-announced Lucas Matthysse vs Emmanuel Taylor fight rounds out the pay-per-view.

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