Saunders: I’m The Slickest Middleweight In Boxing
The WBO World Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders showcased his skills in a unanimous decision victory over David Lemieux, in Lemieux’s home province of Quebec on December 16th to retain his belt. Saunders while on the BoxNation Podcast said that he feels the best he ever felt.
“I’ve had some bad performances in the past, but deep down I know what I’ve got in me and it’s no surprise that that came out. [After] two back-to-back camps, I knew I was fit and I knew I could finish how I started.
“I couldn’t afford any close rounds,” admitted the undefeated southpaw.
“I said before, if I couldn’t beat David Lemieux there’s no point in me talking about [Gennady] Golovkin and Canelo [Alvarez].
“People thought because they were paying me well, I was going over there to take a check. But that clearly wasn’t the case. I was going over there to do what I knew I can do,” he added.
Saunders compared his trash talking skills over the summer and during fight week to a bull fighter’s ability to goad a bull.
“Look, I was acting the matador and he was the bull. All through the build up to the fight I was getting in his head. Even in the ring when they were announcing our names I was talking to him, laughing at him when they said ‘three losses’,” recalled Billy Joe.
“I wound him up then I walked over to his corner deliberately to get a reaction out of him and I got it! So I knew that I had him mentally before it even started.”
While many doubted his chances, the 28-year-old champion was always confident in his abilities.
“I am definitely the slickest Middleweight in the world! It was a 50/50 fight in people’s eyes. I knew what I could do to him.”
Saunders was disappointed with how Lemieux handled himself following the fight.
“If a man beat me in that fashion, I’d have to take my hat off to him and say ‘fair play mate you’re a better man than me’.
“He did say there won’t be any excuses, but after the fight straight away he blamed his hand. I don’t know where he got that from because he only ever caught me [with] one shot to the body and that was about it.”
After a busy second half of the year since teaming up with Dominic Ingle, the Champion is looking forward to a few weeks away from the gym before a potentially career-defining 2018.
“I’m gonna have four weeks out. I’ve already worked out with Dom I’m back in the gym on the 16th of January, so plenty of time.”