Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (41-4, 34 KOs) won’t be making his next scheduled 168lb appearance against Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 KOs) after all, as the Canadian fighter has officially withdrawn from the February 21 card today.
RingTV cites a statement from Eye of the Tiger promotions which states that Lemieux suffered a back injury during training which will sideline him for the next several weeks, not allowing him to properly prepare for the fight.
“Being forced to put a halt on his training for 2-3 weeks following the injury, David Lemieux’s team had no choice but to cancel his fight since he will not be able to complete his training camp adequately.”
Lemieux, 31, has most recently won three straights fights since dropping an ugly unanimous decision to Billy Joe Saunders at the end of 2017, and as of now there’s no word on what might come next for him as it’s still to be determined whether the Talarek fight will be rescheduled. The Feb. 21 card in Quebec will continue on without him, now headlined by Simon Kean (18-1, 17 KOs) vs Daniel Martz (19-8-1, 16 KOs).