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Golden Boy admits Lemieux in the running for fall showdown with Canelo

Might Canelo Alvarez bypass a Gennady Golovkin fight to face David Lemieux instead?

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Per a conference call captured by RingTV, Golden Boy president Eric Gomez says that their company is open to the possibility of Canelo Alvarez taking on former middleweight titleholder David Lemieux this fall — you know — instead of Gennady Golovkin.

“Whenever you have an exciting fighter like David, he’s good for any fight,” Gomez said on the call. “His knockouts are incredible. So, it’s something that we’ve talked about. It’s something that I know David wants. It’s something that Canelo is interested in as well,” Gomez said of potentially matching Canelo with Lemieux, who faces Marcos Reyes on May 6 on the undercard of Canelo-Chavez at T-Mobile Arena on HBO PPV.

Gomez does add, however, that Canelo’s preference is to take on Golovkin next, but that’s undoubtedly a conditional statement that more likely means ‘if the price is right.’ But speaking on the potential for a Canelo-Lemieux fight, Gomez says:

“But it depends. They have very tough fights. Chavez Jr. fights Canelo and it’s not a walkover. It’s going to be a tough fight, moving up in weight and fighting a big guy, possibly a light heavyweight. And then David has a tough fight. So, there’s possibilities. I think immediately next, Canelo wants to fight Golovkin. He’s made that very clear to everybody. Canelo said it. We’ve said it. Golovkin said that he wants that fight. We continue to negotiate for that fight. But, if whatever reason that fight doesn’t happen, yes, David would be in line (to face Canelo).”

There has already been rampant speculation that Canelo will force Golovkin to bend over backwards in negotiations otherwise take his act elsewhere, and realistically, Canelo is in prime position to do exactly that. Let’s just hope that things don’t get to that point and we finally get the fight we’ve been long waiting to see.

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