Groupe Yvon Michel: Lemieux Still Our Fighter

Montreal’s David Lemieux is attempting to move away from the promotional services of GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel) and sign instead with Los Angles-based Golden Boy Promotions. Indeed, an announcement was made three days ago that Lemieux had come to an agreement with GBP and everyone was looking forward to seeing the hard-punching Lemieux in more high profile and championship fights after his convincing win over Gabriel Rosado.

GBP President Oscar DeLaHoya even called Lemieux “the ideal Golden Boy fighter, a power puncher who is exciting for fans to watch and willing to take on anyone in the division.”

Yvon Michel not in the picture: DeLaHoya, Lemieux, Camille Estephan and Bernard Hopkins.

However, GYM has now released a statement indicating that Lemieux still has obligations under the contract they signed with him and his attempt to break that contract is “not acceptable” and “will not be tolerated.” Here is the statement in full:

Following the announcement by Eye of the Tiger Management(EOTTM) about David Lemieux’s leaving Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), as well as numerous interviewsgiven by EOTTM president Camille Estephan, and the most recent announcement by Golden Boy Promotions about its signing of Mr. Lemieux. GYM wishes to set the record straight,

David Lemieux is still under contract with GYM, and has been since December 2011. Since becoming involved in his career, GYM has ensured David Lemieux’s best interests were protected; whether it involved training, development, the garnering of prestigious and lucrative fights, or just insuring what was best for him financially.

The contract executed in 2011 was renewed, extended and is still in effect. Subject to certain specific modifications, said renewals/extensions were negotiated, accepted and implemented by David Lemieux’s manager, Mr. Camille Estephan (EOTTM), who it appears is now attempting to elude his obligations.

Yvon Michel
Yvon Michel

At the very moment that the development and maturation process of David Lemieux reached the point where he became qualified and positioned for major fights, and was in line for a major world championship fight, Camille Estephan advised Yvon Michel (GYM), on January 6, 2015, that David Lemieux was unilaterally  “leaving GYM”, without giving any valid reasons or justifications.

This announcement by Camille Estephan that David Lemieux is trying to leave GYM (and sign with Golden Boy) is very disappointing and surprising considering that:

1. David Lemieux is still under contract with GYM;

2. David Lemieux or Camille Estephan never expressed any dissatisfaction, all along, with regards to the promotion of Mr. Lemieux’s career by GYM;

3. Camille Estephan and David Lemieux are breaching their obligations with regards to their agreement with GYM;

4. Golden Boy Promotions would become involved with David Lemieux while he is still under contract to GYM;

5. Since the beginning of his career, 8 years ago, GYM has made a major investment in the development, classification and promotion of its’ boxer.

6. David Lemieux is trying to leave GYM at the very moment he is in position for a major world championship fight.

Might be a while before we see Lemieux in action again.

These are the facts, and this is not acceptable to, and will not be tolerated by GYM.

In light of the foregoing, GYM will do everything it can legally to have its rights respected and protected with regards to its contractual interests in David Lemieux.

Unfortunately it looks like in the months ahead Lemieux may be spending more time in court rooms than in the ring, especially as he is due in court in April on charges of assualt and mischief.           — Robert Portis

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