Former middleweight champion David Lemieux moves to super middleweight to meet John Ryder in the co-main event to the May 4 Canelo Alvarez-Daniel Jacobs middleweight unification bout, Golden Boy Promotions announced Wednesday.
Lemieux (40-4, 34 knockouts) fell ill trying to cut weight for a middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden in December, and now meets the World Boxing Assn.’s top-ranked super-middleweight in Ryder (27-4, 15 KOs), who has lost previously to his English countrymen Billy Joe Saunders and Rocky Fielding.
“Lemieux was the hardest hitting puncher in the 160-pound division, and I’m absolutely certain he will be the biggest puncher at 168 pounds,” promoter Oscar De La Hoya said in a prepared statement.
Ryder promoter Eddie Hearn said he expects the Lemieux-Ryder winner to be named the mandatory contender for WBA champion Callum Smith.
Alvarez vs Jacobs fight card May 4: Las Vegas (DAZN)
- David Lemieux vs John Ryder (WBA interim super-middleweight title)
- Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Mauricio Herrera