Former middleweight world titleholder David Lemieux will look for another victory on Saturday against former world title challenger Tureano Johnson in the co-main event to Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The event will be headlined unified middleweight world titleholder Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO's), as he moves up to 168-pounds to challenge WBA "Regular" super middleweight titlist Rocky Fielding (27-1, 15 KO's).
In his last bout, which took place in September in Las Vegas on the undercard of the rematch between Canelo and former world champion Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO's) knocked out Spike O'Sullivan in one round.
Johnson (20-2, 14 KO's), who is returning to the ring following a one-year hiatus after getting knocked out by Sergiy Derevyanchenko, understands that he is coming back against one of the formidable punchers in the sport. Because of that, Johnson is going to try to adopt a strategy to avoid Lemieux's power, and expose his defensive flaws.
"Boxing is a strategic sport. In fact, boxing isn't really a sport-it's a lifestyle. You have to live this, and that's what I do. I live boxing. I study my opponents. David Lemieux is a great puncher, but he does have some flaws, and that's what I'm going to expose Saturday night. Many have beaten Lemieux, but this is going to be a new one. Trust me: this is a treat. We all know that he's a great finisher," Johnson said.
"Once he sees a wounded animal, he goes for the kill, but indeed Tureano doesn't know how to get wounded. I don't even know how to get hurt. I'm expecting him to bring the best David Lemieux he can possibly be, but David Lemieux it's going to be a hell of a fight for you if you think you're going to knock Tureano out."