Saunders: ‘I look easy to hurt, but you can’t hit me'(photos)

LAVAL, Quebec (Dec. 16, 2017): Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) easily outpointed David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) to retain the WBO Middleweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of HBO World Championship Boxing at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Saunders, a native of the United Kingdom, outboxed Lemieux for 12 rounds from his slick southpaw stance to win via unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 117-111, and 118-110.

“I knew what sort of fighter David Lemieux is, and I knew what sort of coach he’s got,” said Saunders. “I knew what he was coming for. I look easy to hurt, but you can’t hit me. I like going to somebody’s backyard because I perform better. I’m a whole different animal now. When I hurt David, I wanted to put it on him. I really did, but that’s what I pay my trainer Dominic Ingle to do. I went to put it on him, but he told me to take my time, and that was the best advice.”

“I wasn’t at my best. Hats off to Billy Joe [Saunders],” said Lemieux. “From the second round on, I could not use my left hand the way I wanted, and he was on the run, so I had a hard time throwing my shots. It wasn’t my best night. A lot of this was because of me, because I couldn’t use my left hand the way I wanted to. He was running from the first round to the end, and I guess that’s his strategy to win. If this is the way you want to win, then congratulations.

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LAVAL, QC – DECEMBER 16: Boxing Championship, December 16, 2017, at the Place Bell in Laval, QC. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/EOTTM)
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LAVAL, QC – DECEMBER 16: Boxing Championship, December 16, 2017, at the Place Bell in Laval, QC. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/EOTTM)
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LAVAL, QC – DECEMBER 16: Boxing Championship, December 16, 2017, at the Place Bell in Laval, QC. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/EOTTM)

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LAVAL, QC – DECEMBER 16: Boxing Championship, December 16, 2017, at the Place Bell in Laval, QC. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/EOTTM)

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David Lemieux: ‘You put Golovkin back in front of me, and it’s going to be a whole different scenario’

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.

Billy Joe Saunders: ‘Lemieux is my tester for the winner of Canelo and Golovkin’

WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) will battle on December 16 at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec.

For Saunders, this is opportunity to prove he is one of the top middleweights in the world:

“This fight has good fight written all over it. There is a lot at stake. I’m going to be very aware because as you all know, boxing is a funny game, it can end very quickly with one punch. And it goes both ways. David is going to eat some, and he’s going to beg me to finish him off,” Saunders said at a press conference today.

“Styles make fight. It’s the classic match-up between the boxer and the puncher and I’m looking forward to it. I was born to fight, and I’m going to prove it by unifying the belts as soon as I’m done with David. Lemieux shows a lot of heart when he comes to fight but the real truth is, I’m to slick and too good for him.”

 

If Saunders wins, he wants the winner of Canelo-GGG

“I’m in boxing to win and defend my belt all over the world, Lemieux is my tester for the winner of Canelo and Golovkin,” Saunders said.

Photos: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management