WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) will battle former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) on Dec. 16 at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec.
For Lemieux, this fight is an opportunity for him to become champion again. Lemieux believes he is a different fighter than the guy we saw get stopped by Gennady Golovkin back in 2015.
“I’m a whole different guy than I am facing Golovkin,” Lemieux said on Monday during a conference call. “I’m a whole different guy. You put Golovkin back in front of me, and it’s going to be a whole different scenario.”
Before he can get to Golovkin again, Lemieux must beat Saunders. However, Lemieux does not think that will be much of an issue:
“Now I’ve got Saunders to take care of. We’ve done everything we need to do in camp. I don’t think it’s going to be very difficult in the ring against him,” Lemieux said.
Lemieux had one final warning for Saunders:
“I’m going to be nice manners because it’s going to be hell for him. But I’m ready. I’m ready to take the title now.”
Saunders vs. Lemieux, a 12-round fight for Saunder’s WBO World Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management in association with Frank Warren Promotions. The event will take place Dec. 16, at the Place Bell in Laval, Canada and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, October 28 at 12p.m. at www.evenko.ca.