By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
BILLY JOE SAUNDERS has travelled across the Atlantic to prove to those in America he deserves a shot at the middleweight big boys.
The WBO champion defends his title against Canadian and hometown favourite David Lemieux in Montreal early on Sunday morning.
Now it is the chance for him to shine and get those across the pond telling Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez that he is the man to face next.
That is why we have come to Canada for a fight that is being shown live on HBO, America’s big broadcaster.
HBO show Canelo and Golovkin so it made sense to jump at a big chance to be showcased on that channel.
Hopefully after the bout, Saunders will be a wanted man.
To do that he has to put in a top performance and forcing a stoppage will make a big statement.
I think he has the ability to do that and it should make for an entertaining clash.
We know Lemieux is a big hitter so there are huge risks involved in this fight too.
But if you don’t take risks in this game sometimes then you don’t go far.
Saunders can become the biggest name in the middleweight division but first he has to clear this hurdle.
On the undercard, Nicola Adams continues on the road to a world title in 2018 with her third professional fight.
The double Olympic gold medallist suffered late heartbreak when her opponent was not passed fit to fight on the undercard of Canelo and Golovkin’s September clash.
But she will get back on track in Montreal with her first six rounder against Uruguay flyweight Soledad Macedo.
Then it will be on to mapping out what should be an exciting 2018 for the Leeds native.
Watch Saunders v Lemieux live on BT Sport and BoxNation from 2am on Sunday.