UPDATE: This story was being filed when word came in that the David Lemieux vs Tureano Johnson fight was off.
Lemieux is off the card, because he was dehydrated, and wouldn’t be able to make weight at the Friday weigh in. I saw this Tweet breaking the news:
On Wednesday, I saw Lemieux with shirt off, taking promotional picks.
He didn’t look ripped. I said to someone at Golden Boy, ‘Is he going to make weight?’
Yes, I was told, he is defo going to make weight. Maybe that assessment was more grounded in optimism than anything else.
Tureano Johnson is not being brought to NYC and Madison Square Garden to get the W.
Golden Boy Promotions likes very much their Canadian power puncher David Lemieux, and he is on an ultra short list to fight Canelo Alvarez, should he down Johnson, a Bahamian vet, and Canelo does away with Rocky Fielding at the Garde.
Tureano is also a GBP boxer, but Lemieux can be sold as a puncher’s threat type. Plus, he is aesthetically pleasing and the Canelo/Lemieux fight posters would look sharp. No offense to Johnson, but Lemieux did well in the genetics lottery re: facial configuration.
Johnson could screw up plans if his four weeks with Andre Rozier, the trainer of Danny Jacobs really paid off. “Tureano’s an offensive monster but defensively he had to work on some things,” Rozier said. He is looking forward to getting in deeper, working with him more, after this one. Yep, this is a 50-50 fight, he agreed, only because Tureano has been off for a spell. “I’m just hoping he gets comfortable and warm and he puts on a terrific performance.”
Rozier will be getting a workout Saturday; he corners Sadam Ali, who meets Mauricio Herrera, who Rozier knows is a tough out. “Very tough…Being an older guy, you don’t want to think about someone being older, Herrera is older and I expect Sadam to really perform and outclass him.” Sadam at 147 is a better boxer than at 154, so Rozier seems confident this comeback will end with a W.
We also touched on the main event. Rocky Fielding cannot be dismissed summarily, he has that puncher’s chance against Canelo Alvarez. “Never under-estimate and never over-estimate..we want to do what we hae to do if Danny and Canelo do get to meet May 4, we’ll be ready for that. But one can never tell…”
The tutor spoke on that last fight for Jacobs, which pitted him against Sergey Derevyanchenko, who also is trained by Rozier. “I hated it with all that I am. It sucked big time. Before, during and after it sucked” seeing his two guys face off. Never again, he said. (Gary Stark cornered Sergey vs. Jacobs.)
“I love my Richard Commey,” he continued. “Work ethic, personality, character, faith..I couldn’t ask for a better young man…Richard will always be part of my family,” he said.
“We’re trying to get Curtis Stevens back at 154, possibly get him on Jan. 18 at Madison Square Garden (maybe topped by Demetrius Andrade),” the Brooklyner said.