Saunders: Did I Not Tell You This Fight Would Be Easy?

LAVAL, Que. — Billy Joe Saunders of Britain toyed with frustrated David Lemieux in his hometown for a one-sided victory to retain his World Boxing Organization middleweight title on Saturday night.

Saunders (26-0) made a third defence of the title he won from Andy Lee in 2015 and showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the division that is currently ruled by stars Saul (Canelo) Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

Lemieux (38-3), a former International Boxing Federation champion, fell short in his bid to become the first Canadian since Arturo Gatti to win a second title.


Saunders had Lemieux off balance from the outset, making the Laval resident miss while darting in to land shots seemingly at will.

Canadian judge Benoit Roussel scored it a 120-108, Briton Phil Edwards had it 118-110 and Gerardo Martinez of Puerto Rico 117-111, all for Saunders. The Canadian Press had it 118-110. Only the third and sixth rounds were close until the final two rounds that Saunders mainly spent dancing out of Lemieux’s reach.

“Did I not tell you it was going to be an easy fight?” said Saunders. “I told you he’s not going to hit me and he didn’t hit me.”

The co-feature saw Irishman Gary (Spike) O’Sullivan (27-2), who served as Saunders’ main sparring partner, shocked American Antoine Douglas (22-2-1) with barrage of punches against the ropes for a seventh-round technical knockout to win the minor WBO Intercontinental middleweight title. O’Sullivan never stopped moving forward, absorbing punches and firing them back until Douglas wore down.

Yves Ulysse Jr. (15-1) of Montreal, coming off his first defeat in October, proved too quick for Cletus (Hebrew Hammer) Seldin (21-1), handing the Brooklyn, N.Y. fighter his first loss. Ulysse knocked down Seldin in each of the first three rounds of the 10-round light welterweight clash.

Custio Clayton (13-0) dominated Cristian Coria (27-6-2) of Argentina to claim the minor World Boxing Organization International welterweight title. The Dartmouth, N.S. fighter won all 10 rounds on all three judges cards over Coria (27-6-2)


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

[QUOTE=lefthooklead;18341544]Beautiful boxing. Hit and not get hit. Movement, angles, feints. Almost punch perfect. [B]I think if he had stepped on the gas after round 7 & 8 he would have definitely stopped him. 7 & 8 he beat the ****…

Comment by niceyboo3 on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=lefthooklead;18341544]Beautiful boxing. Hit and not get hit. Movement, angles, feints. Almost punch perfect. I think if he had stepped on the gas after round 7 & 8 he would have definitely stopped him. 7 & 8 he beat the ****…

Comment by chirorickyp on 12-17-2017

I'm impressed. Everyone should be. To me it's Charlo and Saunders as the top two when all is said and done. Unfortunately because of politics they will be stonewalled.

Comment by Shadoww702 on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18341659]:lol1: Great sig.[/QUOTE] Is that the dude that Floyd Sr. was beating up and claims to never of lost???

Comment by Chrismart on 12-17-2017

[QUOTE=denium;18341584]Not really, any version of Lemieux would lose to Saunders.[/QUOTE] :lol1: Great sig.

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