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Saunders: I'll School Golovkin or Canelo Like I Did Lemieux!

Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to “school” both Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez following his master-class WBO world middleweight title victory over David Lemieux in Montreal on Saturday night.

MTK Global-managed Saunders oozed class as he cruised to a dominant unanimous-decision points win over former IBF world champion Lemieux.

The Hatfield native, who is now based in Sheffield under trainer Dominic Ingle, was awarded every round on one judge’s card, 120-108, while the other officials scored the bout a lop-sided 118-110, 117-111 to make it a shutout.

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Saunders (now 26-0, 12KO), having come through his third world-title defence and extending his undefeated record, reiterated his desire to meet Golovkin or ‘Canelo’ if the latter pair cannot agree on terms for a rematch in 2018.

“I’ve come into this guy’s backyard and schooled him,” said Saunders. “I’ve done it to Lemieux and now I’ll do it to Canelo and I’ll do it to Golovkin. I’ll fight them anytime, anyplace, anywhere and they both know it.

“I’ll give them a boxing lesson. The bookies and some others claimed this was a 50-50 fight against Lemieux and it was nothing but a money-maker for punters who know a good bet when they see one.

From the opening bell, Saunders was in confident form against Lemieux, jabbing, moving and displaying his best slick boxing skills as he peppered his opponent with combinations.

Sitting at ringside, lineal world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who is advised by MTK, hailed the performance as Saunders’ “best ever” performance and “a master-class boxing display” before adding: “I’m thinking, ‘what does Canelo Alvarez make of this?’”

The 28-year-old southpaw bamboozled the heavy-handed Canadian, who landed little throughout the bout, with the champion openly mocking his opponent’s failure to catch him.

Saunders landed a big right hand early on in the seventh, staggering his foe, before bloodying the home fighter’s nose with a left hand moments later.

While Lemieux attempted to finish strongly, catching Saunders late on in the penultimate round, the champion was unruffled and eased to victory.

“It was easy because Dominic [Ingle, trainer] told me what to do and everything that he said would happen happened,” said Saunders. “We’ve been working hard for months together and I’m a new fighter and nearly the finished article.

“I’ll get my belt home, enjoy Christmas with my family and get back into the gym in the new year and I’ll polish things up to be the best I can be. I’ll make sure I’m ready for whatever comes next. There’ll be no slacking off,” added the MTK Global-backed middleweight.

Promoter Frank Warren hopes to book a date against Golovkin or Canelo at some stage in the new year, but he suggested that Saunders may have a competitive keep-busy bout in the spring if neither man is prepared to take on the WBO champion before their anticipated rematch.

MTK Global’s Anthony Fitzpatrick insists Saunders will prove he is the world’s leading middleweight in 2018

“MTK will be doing everything we can to ensure Billy Joe gets a super fight against Golovkin or Canelo next year,” said Fitzpatrick. “Billy Joe showed once again on Saturday night that he is one of the world’s best middleweights. We knew he was an elite talent when we signed him and Billy Joe has put in the hard work to back that up. He’ll prove he is the world’s No 1 middleweight in 2018.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=mrlopez;18343510]Better yet, look at his draw vs Golovkin! Lemieux isnt elite tho. Rubio khtfo and G toyed with him b4 kho[/QUOTE] That's true, I think he was having his way with Rubio before he gassed out and well GGG is…

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 12-18-2017

See what y'all started. You got BJS believing the hype. At least that means we'll get to see him against someone good then.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-18-2017

getting abit ahead of himself here

Comment by JRB123 on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=BUCSBronzemedal;18344040] Should he fight Jacobs? NO Should he fight Charlo or Andrade? NO Take a voluntary defense (my pick is Conrad Cummings WBO European Champion) and wait for the GGG-Canelo winner[/QUOTE] This will more likely be his route for 2018.…

Comment by JRB123 on 12-18-2017

[QUOTE=mrlopez;18343510]Lemieux isnt elite tho. Rubio khtfo and G toyed with him b4 kho[/QUOTE] That's what I was going to say. Other than his win over N'Jikam to get that IBF belt (which was by decision), what other "big" win did…

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