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Lemieux plans to come back in the fall

Once-beaten middleweight prospect David Lemieux is in preparing for a return to action in the fall, his promoter, Yvon Michel, told RingTV.com.

The 22-year-old Canadian is coming off of April's shocking seventh-round stoppage loss to hard-hitting Marco Antonio Rubio (51-5-1, 44 knockouts) during an ESPN2-televised, WBC eliminator match up before Lemieux's partisan fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

"Everything is good. David Lemieux is in training now, so he's in the gym. We are planning for a comeback in the fall," said Michel of Lemieux, who and had gone 5-0 with four knockouts in 2010 and brought a mark of 25-0 with 24 KOs against Rubio. "It's just that we want to make sure that we don't take it lightly and that we don't only say that it was a bad day and that he got beat by Rubio."

In victory over Rubio, Lemieux was to have been in line for a title shot opposite 25-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs), who dethroned Germany's Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) as WBC beltholder last month.

Instead, it is Lemieux whose run of stoppages ended at four, and Rubio who has scored four straight knockouts and seven overall among eight consecutive wins.

Michel said that Lemieux's team has remained intact, including manager and trainer Russ Anber and assistant Pedro Diaz, who also works with former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal.

"I think that David has a good, good group around him. We had a good debriefing and everybody was on the same page. The intent was not to blame anybody but to understand exactly what has happened so that we know exactly what went wrong there," said Michel.

"It was really, in the end, more of an accident. But at one point, everybody got comfortable with the success. So now, everybody, including David, will be on their toes."

During his previous triumph at Bell Centre, Lemieux earned a second-round knockout over Purnell Gates. Stopped for the first time in his career, Gates had a 15-fight winning streak that had included 11 knockouts for a man whose record was 18-1 with 13 KOs coming in.

In Canada, Lemieux's popularity had reached the point where it began to rival that of 31-year-old countryman Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs), the IBF super middleweight titleholder.

Michel said that he does not expect for it to take too long to rebuild Lemieux.

"We went to make sure that everything is perfect, and then we will bring him back some time in the fall," said Michel. "We want to make sure that we make sure that everything is well taken care of on all aspects. The physical, the strategical, technical and the psychological." 

Lemieux has often sparred with promotional stablemate Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs), who should return to the ring in December or January according to Michel.

"I am not sure of the month that we will be bringing him back, but we have shows here every month. I'm in communication with his manager and trainer and I am monitoring his progression. So as soon as they give me the okay, then we'll set the date."

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