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Lemieux to Saunders: Will Be Blood, Big Punches Saturday Night

By Keith Idec

David Lemieux is more than confident he’ll become not only the first professional opponent to beat Billy Joe Saunders, but that he’ll knock out the WBO middleweight champion.

Lemieux challenged Saunders during their final press conference Thursday at the Laval Sheraton to back up all of the trash the brash British champion has talked during the buildup toward their fight Saturday night in Laval, Quebec. They’ll meet in a 12-round, 160-pound championship match at Place Bell, a new arena near Lemieux’s hometown of Montreal (HBO; 9:40 p.m. ET).

“The talk is done now,” Lemieux said. “It’s time to walk the walk. He has a strong jaw, Saunders. That’s for sure. He can put those words together. He called me frog and short legs. It’s pretty funny, but I don’t get it. But it’s pretty funny. Let’s see how you back up those words this Saturday.”

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The odds on Saunders-Lemieux are just about even, despite that England’s Saunders has traveled to Lemieux’s territory for the third defense of a WBO title he won from Andy Lee in December 2015. The left-handed Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) is a better boxer than Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs), but the hard-hitting Lemieux is one of the most powerful punchers in boxing.

“Yes, I’m very well aware of your abilities,” Lemieux said. “I hope you’re aware of mine. I’m not just a puncher. But you’ll see on Saturday. It’s gonna be a great night of boxing. The fans are gonna be pleased. They wanna see some guys fight. People like to see blood. People like to see blood and big punches. That’s what they’re gonna see on Saturday, on my behalf at least.”

Lemieux is 4-0 since IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC champion Gennady Golovkin stopped him in the eighth round of their October 2015 middleweight title unification fight at Madison Square Garden.

“David’s gotta come from round one to try and knock me out,” Saunders said Thursday. “Because when he’s hitting air, he’s very injury-prone. Hands, shoulders. As we seen from a good friend of mine, James DeGale. Rushed an injury back, didn’t pan out [against Caleb Truax on Saturday]. So what I don’t want from David’s team is an excuse.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by reddplegg on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=Vinnykin;18341574]Any one who knows about boxing and has watched Saunders career knows he is good, not the most entertaining, but a really good boxer with skills to pay the bills. This was a whitewash in Saunders favour, just like I…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=Vinnykin;18341574]Any one who knows about boxing and has watched Saunders career knows he is good, not the most entertaining, but a really good boxer with skills to pay the bills. This was a whitewash in Saunders favour, just like I…

Comment by Vinnykin on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18341589]Bang on the money there mate, the issue with boxing fan is this: If the fight is not from their country and isn’t a high profile name then they probably haven’t seen him fight before, some judge a fighter for…

Comment by Ray* on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=Vinnykin;18341574]Any one who knows about boxing and has watched Saunders career knows he is good, not the most entertaining, but a really good boxer with skills to pay the bills. This was a whitewash in Saunders favour, just like I…

Comment by Vinnykin on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=reddplegg;18338847]But no one knows if BJ Saunders is actually any good or not. Lemmie will test the brash Brit but good.[/QUOTE] Any one who knows about boxing and has watched Saunders career knows he is good, not the most entertaining,…

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