Hard punching Canadian David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) will make his HBO Sports debut when he takes on the always formidable Gabe Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) of Philly, PA, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on December 6.
The date was originally reserved for Canelo Alvarez vs. Johsua Clottey, which was slated to take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, before the newly signed HBO Junior Middleweight was sidelined by a reoccurring ankle injury.
Although the scheduled twelve round contest won't be held for a major world title, the eventual winner of the intriguing 160 pound scrap could win in a much bigger prize.
According to Hall of Fame prizefighter and Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, the spoils of an eventual showdown with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez could go to the December 6 victor.
"Lemieux is a very exciting fighter and a big puncher," De La Hoya told Dan Rafael of ESPN.
"We made a deal with him for this fight. He's in an exciting weight class and the ultimate prize for anyone at 154 or 160 pounds is to face Canelo Alvarez, and David Lemieux fits into that picture perfectly. The guy comes at you like a Mack truck."
We're going to do some good things with him. He has a great record, amazing power and is a great looking kid."
"Rosado and Lemieux is a good fight. Lemieux is a tough son of a gun. He always comes forward and so does Rosado. Rosado gave Golovkin one of his better fights and he always comes to fight."
"Dec. 6 is going to determine who's possibly the next opponent for Canelo, after Cinco de Mayo."
But the 25 year old Cannuck has to get past the always tough and extremely underrated Gabe Rosado before making any future plans with Golden Boy Promotions.
Rosado is coming off of a very impressive knock-out victory over customarily iron chinned Bryan Vera of Austin, Texas, which took place inside the BKB pit on August 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The scheduled seven round contest was the main event of the BKB PPV broadcast and was fought for the "BKB Middleweight Championship". Because the competition wasn't held in the traditional squared circle, fights fans won't find any record of the sensational TKO on boxrec.com or any other official boxing record.
But judging by the way Rosado looked on August 16, Lemieux could be in for one heck of a fight in Brooklyn, New York.
While the Montreal hammer looked ferocious in blowing out former WBO title challenger Fernando Guerrero in the third round on May 24, the always game Rosado poses a very serious threat to the heavy handed contender.
The 28 year old Russell Peltz protégé is a proficient matador in the ring and is most effective when facing overtly aggressive fighters. His most impressive victories have been against Jesus Soto Karass and most recently Bryan Vera. Although he was bludgeoned and eventually stopped in the seventh round by the aggressive monster that is Gennady Golovkin in January of 2013, Gabe is a crafty enough counter puncher, where he could pose some stylistic problems for the hard punching, offensive minded fighter.
But Lemieux and his handlers are very optimistic about the December 6 opportunity on HBO.
"We want to fight guys like Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, and I think David is ready for these guys, but on a financial level it doesn't make sense for them to fight him right now," stated David Lemieux's manager, Camille Estephan, to ESPN's Dan Rafael on Monday.
"I'm not saying they are ducking David because his name recognition in the U.S. is not big enough yet. So HBO wanted David to fight in the United States and for their audience to see him. They wanted to see what he can do against a guy who is a proven fighter like Gabriel Rosado. I am super happy we got this fight."
The scheduled twelve round Middleweight fight will headline a Golden Boy Promotions tripleheader on HBO: Boxing After Dark, slated for a December 6 air date.
In the co-main event of the evening at Barclays Center, undefeated prospect Hugo Centeno Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs) will take on "King" James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) of Texas in a ten round special feature. De La Rosa most recently upset former WBO Junior Middleweight title holder Alfredo Angulo on September 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a very dramatic and entertaining opening bout of the "Mayweather/Maidana II" PPV event.