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Photos: David Lemieux Training For Promised KO of Saunders

Christmas will come early for boxing fans this year as WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line on Saturday, December 16 against former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) in Montreal, Canada. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT. Photos by Vincent Ethier.

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Saunders, 28, from the United Kingdom, is undefeated and coming off back-to-back defenses of the WBO belt he won against “Irish” Andy Lee in late 2015. Over a standout career, Saunders has defeated the likes of former WBA Interim World Middleweight Champion Chris Eubank, Jr., then-undefeated Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and longtime contender Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe Jr.

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 Lemieux, 28, and from Montreal, is a thunderous puncher with tremendous power in both hands, who captured the IBF World Middleweight championship against Hassan N’Dam in 2015, knocking the then-world titleholder down four times en route to a unanimous decision victory. This year alone, Lemieux blasted out title contender Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens in a third-round knockout-of-the-year contender before earning a unanimous decision win against Marcos “Dorado” Reyes.

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“The middleweight division is stacked with the likes of Canelo, Gennady Golovkin, and Daniel Jacobs, and on December 16, fans will see champion BJ Saunders travel across the Atlantic to fight one of the divisions biggest punchers in David Lemieux on his home turf in Montreal,” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports.

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Saunders vs. Lemieux, a 12-round fight for the Saunders’ 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 December 16, in Montreal, Canada and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sir_Didymus on 12-13-2017

Nah son. Them gypsies got heart kid. Still with that kind of power Lemieux has he might just turn Saunders lights off.

Comment by bluemax on 12-13-2017

Lemieux should totally destroy Saunders. Saunders has to be considered one of the weakest middleweight champions in recent history. If it wasn't for the fact that the middleweight division is so diluted because of 5 world championship belts floating around…

Comment by Jubei on 12-12-2017

Can't even count out a decision win for Lemieux in his backyard, he might hurt Saunders but not get him out of there, get outboxed in a couple rounds but also land the harder punches.

Comment by A.K on 12-12-2017

Billy joe can take a beating but the fact this is in Canada has me leaning toward a Lemule KO

Comment by Thraxox on 12-12-2017

A counter over right hand when Billy Joe opens up a jab should be the punch that would knock him out in my opinion.

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