MONTREAL (Jan. 19, 2016) – After a sell-out at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, in New York, on October 17, 2015, Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions is proud to announce, that former IBF Middleweight Champion, David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) will keep his promise to return to his hometown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada for his first fight of 2016. On March 12, hometown fans, will witness, Lemieux’s grand return against San Benito, Texas’ “King” James de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs) in an exciting battle at Montreal’s Olympia Theatre , live on Indigo and all pay-per-view channels across Canada starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
“I am happy to be fighting in my hometown,” said David Lemieux. “I’m very hungry to get back in the ring and I am ready to climb my way back to the top of the middleweight division. I know de la Rosa is a serious threat and I can promise all my hometown fans that I will be ready to give them all a great show on March 12.”
“A new trainer and a new strength and conditioning coach, have created a new James de la Rosa,” said James de la Rosa. “I have no problem going to his hometown to show him and everyone else, that he isn’t what he is hyped up to be. I’m going to Montreal to win.”
“The goal is to offer our devoted fans a major gala and a memorable evening,” said Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management. “We owe our success to our loyal supporters and when David promised to box in Montreal he created a hope, by honoring it, and now fans will witness the grand return of their champion.James De La Rosa is a serious opponent whom we cannot take lightly and I know David will be ready for him on March 12.”
“David Lemieux is one of the great champions of the middleweight division and we can’t wait to see him back in action,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Golden Boy Promotions is behind David 100 percent and fighting against James De La Rosa will be a big test for him and his first step on his journey to once again becoming a world champion.”
“James is always game for big opportunities, he has never met a fight he didn’t like,’ said Adrian Clark, President and CEO of AC Sports Management, LLC and manager to James de la Rosa. “There will be fireworks in Montreal on March 12 and after the smoke settles, James de la Rosa will stand victorious.”