Warren: Saunders Need Fight Of His Life Against Lemieux
Some in the boxing community were shocked when it was announced that Billy Joe Saunders would travel to Canada to defend his WBO Middleweight title against the organization’s number one contender David Lemieux.
Saunders’ reign has only seen two defenses since taking the title from Andy Lee in 2015.
He struggled in his first defense against the unheralded Artur Akavov. And in his second defense was more known about weigh-in shenanigans than the actual fight against Willie Monroe Jr in September.
Frank Warren in an interview with boxing scene said that the fight confirmed for December 16 in Lemieux’s back yard of Montreal, is the sort of fight that the 28-year-old Brit needs right now
“He needs to kick his career up the ar** and I think this will be good for him.”
“Bill likes to be tested, and for him it says a lot about his character that he’s willing to go there. We’ve had lots of conversations about this, obviously. The end of the day he could have fought here but Bill felt it was best for him to go there.”
A win against Lemieux may be able to lead Saunders to a mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin in 2018, which is part of the reason that Saunders-Lemieux is taking place.
“If we go to Canada we get primetime HBO and we feel that’s important for him at this stage of his career,” Warren explained.
“Obviously, he’s got to win the fight and winning over there, we believe, will force the issue with getting Golovkin or Canelo.
“He knows he’s got to go out there and look a million dollars and that for him is going to be something that inspires him, I hope… I just feel this fight will bring the best out of him. The fear factor, the whole thing.”