Former middleweight champion David Lemieux is only a day away from his scheduled showdown with undefeated David Benavidez, who himself is a two-time world champion at 168-pounds.
The interim-WBC super middleweight title will be at stake.
Two weeks ago, the sport received a big shocker when Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez - the undisputed champion at 168 - was outboxed over twelve rounds by WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol, who walked away with a dominant unanimous decision.
Canelo captured his first world title at 154-pounds.
Lemieux felt the Mexican star was just too small for Bivol and the light heavyweight division.
Canelo had previously won a world title at 175, in 2019, when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the eleventh round.
However, Kovalev was already past his best and still gave Canelo some issues in a close contest. Bivol is regarded as a better boxer and is currently in the prime of his career.
"Dmitry is too big for Canelo. In certain weight categories, there’s weight categories put in perspective for that reason. We very clearly saw that Canelo was really not in his weight category. Dmitry Bivol is a great fighter, but so is Canelo. So I think each fighter has their weight category with respect. If you go too much, too far apart, it'll catch up with you eventually, except if you're Manny Pacquiao," Lemieux said to DAZN.
Canelo's career is at a crossroads.
He has the ability to exercise an immediate rematch clause for a second fight with Bivol.
Even before the loss to Bivol, Canelo was already scheduled to face Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy fight in September.
Most observers believe Canelo will drop back to super middleweight and defend his undisputed crown against Golovkin, who will move up from middleweight where he holds the WBA, IBF, IBO world titles.
The Lemieux vs. Benavidez winner will fall in line for a potential mandatory shot against Canelo down the line.