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January, 8, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Graham HughesDavid Lemieux will have to rest his right hand for a few weeks before returning to the ring.
Middleweight knockout artist David Lemieux has a small fracture in his right hand and has withdrawn from his Feb. 8 main event on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”
Lemieux (28-2, 27 KOs) was supposed to face Colombia’s Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Lemieux’s hometown.
Promoter Yvon Michel forwarded ESPN a note on Monday from Dr. Francis Fontaine, Lemieux’s doctor, confirming the injury to the fourth metacarpal on his right hand. Lemieux has previously suffered injuries to his second and third metacarpal. Lemieux will rest the hand for at least two weeks before he is re-examined.
Michel and ESPN are discussing a new main event for the card.
Lemieux, 24, has won three fights in a row by first or second-round knockout against low-level opponents to bounce back from his stunning back to back losses in 2011, a seventh-round knockout to Marco Antonio Rubio (in a fight Lemieux had been winning easily) followed by a split decision loss to faded former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine.