David Lemieux looking to get back on track against Glen Tapia
When we last saw David Lemieux, the Canadian was on the wrong side of the runaway bus that just so happened to be attached to Gennady Golovkin’s fist. It was a one-sided fight, which has become common in Triple G in-ring affairs. But a brutal beatdown can have a devastating effect on a fighter. Some come back stronger while others fall apart.
Lemieux (34-3, 31 knockouts) will get the opportunity to get his career back on track when he faces Glen Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) on the undercard of May 7th’s bout between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan. It’s a crossroads fight of sorts for Lemieux, who simply cannot afford a second consecutive loss to an opponent who is also looking to rebound from a knockout loss.
It may not be the main event, but it’s their main event, as it is arguably the most important fight of their respective careers.
“I’m not here to lose and I am definitely not going to give (Tapia) the chance,” Lemieux said in the days leading up to his fight. “I’m going to be merciless on the mat.”
With all of his victories except three coming by way of knockout, there is some truth in Lemieux’s “merciless” claim. And considering that there have been some questions about Tapia’s chin coupled with the fact that he likes to brawl, this fight can showcase everything that Lemieux has learned since his loss to Triple G.
“We learned a lot with Golovkin about how small details can go a long way in a fight,” Lemieux said. “You will get to see the adjustments against Tapia.”
There is also another circumstance surrounding the fight that will likely help Lemieux, as this will be Tapia’s first fight as a middleweight. But although Lemieux appreciates his opponent’s desire to do whatever it takes to become a better fighter, the Canadian power-puncher doesn’t seem to think that there’s anything that Tapia can do to prevent the inevitable.
“I’m expecting a hungry Tapia. He’s jumping up in weight and wants to prove himself,” he said. “But he’s going to prove it to the wrong guy. He’s going to lose.”
A victory against Tapia will certainly get Lemieux on the right track. He’s expressed interest in a rematch with Golovkin or a fight against Canelo. The latter is perhaps more likely considering how one-sided the loss to Golovkin was. But Lemieux believes in his power and fully expects to be back in the spotlight sooner than later.
But first he will have to get past Tapia on Saturday night before he can consider big names to face in the near future.
“Maybe, if things go right, we can have a rematch.”