Lemieux Blames Shoulder For Loss To Saunders
Two weeks ago in Canada, Billy Joe Saunders made a statement when he dominated all twelve rounds against David Lemieux.
Saunders holds the only world title in his weight class (WBO) that is not in the hands of IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC world champion Gennady Golovkin.
He won by scores of 120-108, 117-111 and 118-110.
Lemieux, who was riding a four fight winning streak, said his attack was blunted after he hurt his left hand in the second round and also said he was unable to get off with his jab due to a pre-existing shoulder injury.
“I would have beaten him with a healthy shoulder. I’m 100% sure,” said Lemieux.
According to trainer Marc Ramsay, the injury to Lemieux’s shoulder had an impact on the pace of the fight.
“The strategy was to quickly get close to Saunders,” said Lemieux’s coach. “He had to cut the ring and make his strategy with the jab. David was not able to do it because of this injury. He could not fire two jabs in a row.”
Lemieux swears he is far from retirement and is ready to continue his career for another six years. He is inspired by the great Muhammad Ali, with the hope of becoming a champion once again one day.
“I obviously do not compare myself to him, but Muhammad Ali has five defeats on his record and is considered to be the best boxer of all time,” Lemieux said.
“You have not yet seen my end, I promise you that there will still be some beautiful boxing evenings in the future.”