David Lemieux vs. Gabriel Rosado on December 6th at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
By Dan Ambrose: On December 6th, #3 WBC, #5 IBF, #8 WBO, #15 WBA middleweight contender David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) will be stepping up in class against former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in a 12 round fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight will be televised on HBO as part of a triple-header. On the same card, middleweight James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs), who recently defeated Alfredo Angulo last September, will be fighting unbeaten Hugo Centeno Jr (21-0, 11 KOs) in a 10 round bout. Welterweight Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) vs. knockout artist Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) is a possibility, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Lemieux, 25, has won his last seven fights since losing back to back fights to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine. Lemieux stopped Fernando Guerrero in the 3rd round last May in his biggest fight since the losses to Rubio and Alcine.
“Lemieux is a very exciting fighter and a big puncher,” De La Hoya said to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “We made a deal with him for this fight. He’s in an exciting weight class and the ultimate prize for anyone at 154 or 160 pounds is to face Canelo Alvarez, and David Lemieux fits into that picture perfectly. The guy comes at you like a Mack truck. We’re going to do some good things with him. He has a great record, amazing power and is a great looking kid.”
Lemieux has good power, but he’s not very tall and he has limited reach. He’s listed at 5’9 ½”, but against the 5’9” Fernando Guerrero, Lemieux looked to be at least an inch shorter than him. Lemieux’s reach is also listed at 70 inches, but in the Guerrero fight he clearly had a shorter reach than him. Lemieux’s biggest drawback is his lack of stamina. He gassed out against Alcine and Rubio. Since then, Lemieux hasn’t been in with anyone good enough to test his stamina or his chin.
Rubio has lost his last two fights against Jermell Charlo and Peter Quillin. He looked good against Quillin, but he was poor against Charlo.
Lemieux’s manager Camille Estephan wants to match him against the likes of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, but he needs some solid wins over recognizable opposition to get those guys to fight him.
Rosado is a good start, but Lemieux needs to fight better opposition than that. It would nice to see him fight Charlo. I doubt that fight will get made, but it would be a good one to see what Lemieux is made of.
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