by Frank Warren
THE MOMENT OF truth is looming for Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night when he embarks on his toughest assignment to date against the heavy hitting Canadian David Lemieux in Montreal.
Bill is indeed rolling the dice a little bit by heading over into Lemieux’s home territory to make his third defence of his WBO world middleweight title.
It is a tough, tough fight against a renowned puncher who is at his most dangerous in the early rounds. Bill, however, is a fast starter himself, he has got a good boxing brain and is very elusive.
He is a tricky southpaw with a very good chin and I don’t believe he has ever been in the floor in a fight – amateur or pro.
Bill can also bang himself a bit and has pulled big punches out of the bag when needs be.
He knows the importance of this, he is on primetime HBO – one of the reasons we are over there – and if he comes through this we are looking to put him in a big, big fight in the spring.
It might well be the case that Bill has never been in such a good place, both physically and mentally.
He appears to be incredibly focused and that is 90 percent of the job with Bill. Physically he is in great shape and let’s hope it all translates into a career-best performance.
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