Where does David Lemieux go from here?
By Peter Smith: Last Saturday night, in what could only be described as a complete whitewash, David Lemieux once again fell woefully short against top level competition against WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The Canadian brawler looked like an aimless bull in the ring with Billy Joe Saunders playing the role of matador. In the end, like most bull fights, the matador stood victorious as the bull lay a bloody mess in defeat.
Saunders now moves on to what could be a huge 2018 as he looks to secure a fight with the winner of Canelo vs Golovkin. While the future seems crystal clear for Saunders, for Lemieux and Golden Boy promotions, the future is as foggy as ever. The good news for Lemieux is that he will only be 29 at the end of this year, the bad news is that there are not a lot of options in the 160lb division suited for Lemieux’s one dimensional come forward style.
Give credit to Golden Boy and Lemieux’s handlers for guiding Lemieux up to this point with intelligent matchmaking against tough C level fighters like Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia, and Curtis Stevens among others. Against Saunders, and Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux was dominated from pillar to post and it is highly doubtful that the results would be much different for Lemieux against Canelo Alvarez or Daniel Jacobs.
Perhaps this would be the perfect time for Lemieux to consider making a change in his corner. Lemieux might consider making the same phone call that Miguel Cotto made a few years ago, and reach out to hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach. Lemieux has a skill set that seems to be tailor made for a Roach reclamation project and at the end of the day, the former IBF middleweight champion has nothing to lose and everything to gain.