David Lemieux is gunning for another British rival after returning to the ring with a destructive knockout at the weekend, says promoter Camille Estephan.
The former IBF middleweight champion has moved up in weight in search of more major fights and ended a 10-month absence from action by demolishing Francy Ntetu in the fifth round on Saturday.
Lemieux suffered a one-sided points loss to Billy Joe Saunders in a WBO middleweight title fight in Canada in 2017, but Estephan insists his fighter is ready to target other Brits such as John Ryder or Callum Smith after moving up to 168lbs.
Good to be back in the ring last night and bring back another win💪🙏. Let’s get ready for the next fight.👊👊 @eottm_boxing
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“Sure, we’d love that,” Estephan told Sky Sports.
“We didn’t look good against Saunders. There were issues. He was having a lot of problems making weight at 160, so right now at 168, we believe he can carry his power to that division.
“Bring them on, we want big fights.”
Lemieux was set to face Ryder for the WBA ‘interim’ title in May 2019, but was forced out of the fight due to a hand injury and the Londoner instead stopped Bilal Akkawy in Las Vegas.
Ryder then suffered a points loss to Smith in a WBA title fight last November and both are yet fight again, despite being named as potential opponents for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
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