One of the least exciting cards of the spring made sure it would remain firmly in the “ho-hum” camp, when it announced that David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia would be added to the undercard for Saul Alvarez vs. Amir Khan.
In isolation, Khan vs. Canelo is not necessarily a bad fight. But given the fact that Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion and this one will be waged at a “catchweight” of 155 pounds, rather than the full middleweight limit of 160, it’s a disappointment. The fact that Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy are marketing this as a pay-per-view is a joke.
Amir Khan is a talented fighter. But he’s never fought above welterweight. He’s been knocked out twice, at 135 and 140 pounds. How on earth does he rate a shot at the lineal middleweight crown?
Lemieux vs. Tapia is not a terrible fight, either, at least when viewed in isolation. Both guys are action fighters. But it’s not a particularly relevant or interesting fight.
For Lemieux, this looks a lot like a soft touch to return from his TKO loss to Gennady Golovkin last October. Tapia is a junior middleweight coming off from a Round 4 TKO loss to Michel Soro. In December 2013, Tapia took the first loss of his career to James Kirkland, via Round 6 TKO. It was a bout in which Tapia took tremendous punishment from the hard-hitting Kirkland.
Kirkland is a beast and Soros a dangerous contender at both 154 and 160 pounds. There is no shame in losing to fighters like them. But it does demonstrate pretty clearly where Tapia exists on the food chain.
So for a former world champion and top-five middleweight like David Lemieux, beating Tapia won’t prove very much. There could be some excitement in the bout, but ultimately it adds nothing in the way of sizzle to a card that was already a tough sell for all but the biggest Khan or Canelo fans.