Former middleweight titlist David Lemiuex will make another attempt to rebound from his Gennady Golovkin defeat when he faces Glen Tapia on the May 7 undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan.
Billed as the co main event, Lemieux is getting a quick turnaround opportunity after failing to make weight against James De La Rosa two weeks ago. Lemiuex missed the contracted 163 pound limit by nearly three pounds, coming in at 165.8. The fight was cancelled after the camps could not reach an agreement on a new catchweight.
Lemieux, who won the IBF middleweight title last June in a Fight of the Year candidate against Hassan N’Dam, lost the strap last October in a one-sided TKO loss to Gennady Golovkin. May 7 will mark his first in-ring appearance since that fight.
“David is motivated, now more than ever, to reconquer his status as a world champion and winning this fight will get him closer to his goal,” explained Lemieux’s manager Camille Estephan. “I am confident David will put on a fight to remember on May 7.”
Glen Tapia also finds himself on the comeback trail. Before his hometown fans at Newark’s Prudential Center, Tapia’s three-fight win streak was snapped last May via an upset, fourth round TKO to Michel Soro. Having complained of weight problems after that fight, Tapia will make his middleweight debut against Lemieux.
“This is a great opportunity for Glen, he knows he has to be at his best against a warrior like Lemeuix,” said Pat Lynch, Tapia’s manager. “I know he is up for the challenge and will give everyone May 7a great fight to remember.”
The card is rounded out by veteran Mauricio Herrera taking on undefeated Frankie Gomez, and Curtis Stevens facing undefeated Patrick Teixeira.