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A deal for David Lemieux to face Glen Tapia nearly done for Canelo card

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David Lemieux will try again to make weight.

A deal is nearly finalized for Lemieux, whose fight with James De La Rosa was canceled last week after he came in overweight, to face Glen Tapia May 7 in a middleweight bout on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s RING and WBC middleweight championship with Amir Khan on HBO PPV in Las Vegas, Tapia’s manager, Pat Lynch confirmed to RingTV.com.

THE RING’s No. 5 heavyweight Luis Ortiz was rumored to be a candidate to appear on the Canelo-Khan undercard at T-Mobile Arena after he easily beat Tony Thompson, but that’s not the case, Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez said in a text message. Top Rank had to release Tapia from his contract in order for him to sign with Golden Boy to make the fight happen, which will take place as the co-feature to Canelo-Khan, Lynch said.

Lemieux, a former IBF middleweight champion, failed to make the contracted weight of 163 pounds for last Saturday’s bout with De La Rosa in his hometown of Montreal, coming in 2.6 pounds over. His bout with Tapia will be his first since he was halted in eight rounds by Gennady Golovkin last October in a middleweight unification match.

For Tapia, the bout with Lemieux (34-3, 31 knockouts) also represents a chance to eradicate some past demons and get his career in the right direction. Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) was stopped last May in four rounds by Michael Soro in a junior middleweight bout. That followed a brutal, sixth-round stoppage at the hands of James Kirkland in June of 2014 that served as Tapia’s first loss.

But Lynch believes the move to middleweight, which was coming anyway, will improve Tapia’s durability and ability to withstand punishment. Tapia, 26, continues to be trained by Freddie Roach. The news of Lemieux-Tapia was first reported by Keith Idec. Golden Boy was the one to first reach out to Tapia to gauge his interest in facing the 27-year-old Lemieux, Lynch said.

“I think the move to 160 will really help Glen,” Lynch said. “He can make the weight easy and he can continue to eat healthy. I think if he trains 100 percent and gives it all he can he can make it a really good fight. It’s a great opportunity for him at this point in his career and we’re very excited for this opportunity.”

 

Mitch Abramson is a former reporter at the NY Daily News. He can be reached on Twitter at: @Mabramson13.

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