David Lemieux's next fight figures to be on an HBO card in December, regardless of whether or not he fights Miguel Cotto.
ESPN's Dan Rafael reports that the plan is to have Lemieux fight on the planned December 2 card from Madison Square Garden and the plan does look to be against Miguel Cotto, but nothing is set in stone. Should Cotto decide to fight another opponent, then Lemieux would simply fight on the co-main event fight on the card.
The December 2 HBO card has yet to be formally announced, but has been in the works for some time. After Cotto defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the vacant WBO junior middleweight title back in August, Cotto said he wanted to have one more fight before retiring. Numerous fighters have offered to be Cotto's final opponent, including Lemieux.
Although Cotto said he wanted to fight either Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, such a fight is highly unlikely given how both Canelo and Golovkin are working on a deal to have a rematch from their September 16 fight which ended in a split draw. Should negotiations for a rematch fall through, Cotto is figured to be one of the few names either fighter could fight while a rematch is eventually negotiated.
For several weeks, Cotto and Lemieux have been negotiating a fight deal to take place in early December. Lemieux has not fought since beating Marcos Reyes on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pay-per-view card back in May.