David Lemieux vs John Ryder is in the works for the Canelo vs Jacobs undercard on May 4th, according to Lemieux. The Canadian confirmed his next bout will be at super-middleweight.
Lemieux-Ryder will take place at super middleweight. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger to WBA Super World super middleweight champion Callum Smith.
Ryder, 30, is already the mandatory for Callum Smith, but he apparently is willing to take the risk of losing that spot by facing the big punching former IBF 160 lb champion Lemieux in order to get some high visibility fighting on the Canelo-Jacobs card.
Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO) has had a somewhat rocky career, but his huge punching power at middleweight has kept him in the game. On his way up, he was exposed a bit in back-to-back 2011 losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine, but bounced back to win nine fights over the next four years, and grabbed the IBF middleweight title with a win over Hassan N’dam in 2015.
Ryder (27-4, 15 KO) is a decent enough first opponent at super middleweight, but also on paper is the level opponent that Lemieux has generally been able to muscle right through in the past.
He’s a former British title challenger at both 160 and 168, losing at 160 to Billy Joe Saunders and Nick Blackwell, and at 168 to Rocky Fielding in 2013, 2015, and 2017. He also dropped a decision to Jack Arnfield in 2016.
Lemieux’s wins in the last two years have come against Cristian Fabian Rios, Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, Karim Achour, Marcos Reyes, and Glen Tapia.