Saunders Demands Lemieux Weigh-In Twice
Both Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux made weight, one day prior to their middleweight title fight in Laval, Quebec.
There was controversy however, when Billy Joe Saunders and his trainer Dominic Ingle demanded that Lemieux return to the scale to weigh-in again. The two claimed that the Montreal product left the scale too quickly on the first attempt where he weighted in at exactly 160 pounds. Lemieux relented and clocked in at 160 pounds (the limit at middleweight), on the second attempt.
Saunders, who stripped naked, also weighed in at exactly 160 pounds and aside from the issue with Lemieux’s weigh-in, there were no dramatic moments unlike Saunder’s weigh-in for his most recent fight against Willie Monroe Jr.
Saunders’ 8-year-old son, Stevie, punched challenger Willie Monroe Jr. in the groin and kicked Monroe in the leg after Monroe harmlessly patted the younger Saunders on the head. Saunders defended his son’s actions and didn’t apologize to Monroe, who lost a unanimous decision to Saunders on September 16 at Copper Box Arena in London.
Saunders will make just the third defense of the WBO 160-pound championship he won nearly two years ago against Andy Lee, and be his first fight outside of England since turning pro in 2009.
The four other fighters scheduled to box in bouts broadcast by HBO also made weight Friday afternoon.
Middleweight contender Antoine Douglas, of Burke, Virginia, weighed 159.2 pounds for his 10-round fight against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, who weighed 158.8 pounds.
Junior welterweight Cletus Seldin, of Bay Shore, New York, got on the scale at 141.6 pounds for his 10-round bout with Yves Ulysse Jr, who officially weighed 141.2 pounds.