World champion Billy Joe Saunders hopes that new surroundings brings out the best in him as he puts his World Boxing Organization middleweight title on the line against David Lemieux.
The 28-year-old Englishman will fight for the first time in North America on Saturday as he faces the Canadian at the Laval Place Bell arena in Lemieux's home province of Quebec.
"I'm used to fighting outside the U.K.. I'm a traveler of the world," Saunders said. "I don't care if there's a million people (cheering for Lemieux). It's just me and him in that ring, end of the story."
Boxing promoter Frank Warren said Saunders won't be intimidated by the atmosphere.
"This is a tough fight in the other guy's back yard, but this is what Bill wanted," Warren said.
Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) is hoping to rely on his ring savvy and boxing skills to disarm the explosive punching power of Lemieux, who has 33 knockouts in 38 victories.
"(He's been winning) against bums, knocking out old men," Saunders said of Lemieux.
In his last fight in September, Saunders made his second defence of his title against Willie Monroe.
He won the WBO title by outpointing Ireland's Andy Lee two years ago.
Saunders holds the only world title in his weight class that is not in the hands of Gennady Golovkin.
Golovkin is in talks for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez on May 5 and if the pieces fall together, the winner of Saturday's bout could challenge in a unification fight against Golovkin or Alvarez in September..
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. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT.