Lemieux-Saunders Signed For December 16th
Following rumors of this fight being a reality, the World Boxing Organization has announced that a deal was struck for WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders to make a mandatory defense against David Lemieux on December 16th at the 10,000 Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.
If the fight would have went to a purse bid, Saunders would have received 70 percent of the winning bid and Lemieux would have received the remaining 30 percent.
Lemieux and his manager, Camille Estephan of Eye of The Tiger Management, also confirmed that a deal had been reached and the contracts were signed for the contest.
The 28 year old Saunders won a 160 pound belt by majority decision against Andy Lee in December 2015 and has made two defenses, one against Artur Akavov in December and another against Willie Monroe Jr. on September 16.
In a press release from Golden Boy Promotions, Saunders is excited, but also looking past his opponent.
“Lemieux looks good against ‘B level’ fighters, but he is now getting in the ring with someone who is far more superior and slick than anyone he has ever been in with. I don’t just want the dog meat that Golovkin has left behind. I want the dog himself, and when I come through this fight I will have him. He is a mandatory and we’ve agreed to a deal to go over to foreign soil and get it on. I have a lot of friends in Canada, and I’ll be bringing a lot of supporters over to Canada from the UK. It has all the makings of a good fight. I’m expecting a good, clean, fair decision. Once I beat Lemieux, I’ll be moving onto bigger fish: the winner of the rematch between Canelo and Golovkin. I’m looking forward to a great fight.”
In the same release, Lemieux is looking dead into the eyes of his opponent and looking forward to fighting on his home soil.
“Saunders is about to get destroyed. I’m going to be extremely ready for this fight and I’m going to inflict a lot of pain on Saunders. His 0 must go.'”
Lemieux may be the most dangerous opponent to stand across the ring from Saunders to date. Lemieux is a dangerous puncher, and has won four straight fights since being stopped by Gennady Golovkin in the eighth round in October 2015.
In March, Lemieux scored a third-round knockout of Curtis Stevens in a contender for knockout of the year, and then followed that up with a 10-round decision victory against Marcos Reyes on May 6 on Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard.
Lemieux is also a former IBF middleweight world champion. He captured the title in 2015, following a victory against Hassan N’Dam (who now holds the WBA “regular” title).