Former middleweight world titleholder David Lemieux missed the contract weight by 2.6 pounds at Friday afternoon's weigh-in at the Casino de Montreal and his bout against James de la Rosa, scheduled for Saturday night at the Olympia Theater in Montreal, was canceled.
Lemieux, who is from Montreal, was scheduled to fight for the first time since Oct. 17, when he got shellacked in an eighth-round knockout loss to Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight world title unification bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Saturday;s fight was contracted at 163 pounds. De la Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs), 28, of San Benito, Texas, weighed 162 pounds, but Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs), 27, was 165.8, well over the agreed-upon weight.
Camille Estephan, who co-promotes Lemieux with Golden Boy Promotions, attempted to make a deal with the de la Rosa camp to pay him more money to go through with the scheduled 10-round bout, but he was rebuffed.
"Despite offering de la Rosa an increase on his purse, de la Rosa has refused to fight due to the weight issue," Estephan said. "He really did not feel comfortable fighting at weight higher than originally agreed. We did make an offer to a local undefeated fighter as an alternative opponent. However, the fight was not approved by the commission."
While the main event has been scrapped, the remainder of the card will go on as scheduled Saturday night (Fox Deportes, 10 ET/pay-per-view in Canada), including the original co-feature, which matches junior middleweight Steven Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) against Sladjan Janjanin (13-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Also, Schiller Hyppolite (19-1, 13 KOs) will face Darnell Boone (23-22, 12 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight match.