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Lemieux eyes GGG rematch, won’t consider Canelo under 160

Phil Jay 21/04/2016

Canadian puncher David Lemieux returns to the fold against Glen Tapia on May 7 hoping victory leads to another world title shot later in the year.

The 27 year-old lost his IBF championship to ‘GGG’ last October via an eighth round stoppage and is pitched in against the ‘Jersey Boy’ as both look to recover from recent defeats.

Should Lemieux win in style, the possibility of another chance at a recognised belt opens up for the Montreal native, whether that’s against Golovkin for a second time or the other rulers at 160 in Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders.

“I like to fight the best guys out there, whether that is GGG or Canelo then we will see,” Lemieux told World Boxing News.

“I always try to challenge myself to the maximum. Both fighters would be great for me, the best in line to put me on the path to a championship. But for now Glen is my focus. I’ll worry about everyone afterward. Right now I have a good guy in front of me, and I will give fans a great show.

“Canelo is definitely a guy I would like to fight. For sure, it would be a fun fight. (Last time) GGG had a good night, he is a good fighter. My respect goes to him.

“Golovkin is a top fighter who knows his craft and I know what I can do. He has more experience and that night he was the better fighter. I was thinking too long during the fight. But I would like to face GGG again.

Canelo is due to defend his WBC strap against Golovkin immediately after facing Amir Khan at a catchweight of 155 pounds on the same bill, but Lemieux has ruled out facing the Mexican at anything lower than the divisional limit should the WBC hand him another reprieve.

“At 155, Canelo is a good fighter and can easily make 160. I wouldn’t fight Canelo at 155 because I am a middleweight fighter at 160. Canelo has a lot of abilities.

“I want to fight the best at 160, I consider myself part of the best and I want the highest ranked guys,” added Lemieux.