Billy Joe Saunders made a statement tonight as he walked into enemy territory, and defeated David Lemieux to retain the WBO Middleweight Championship on Dec. 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Saunders took control in the early going and pounced while Lemieux was slow getting off the blocks. Saunders utilized his footwork and skill early in round one, while Lemieux was unable to land a single jab through round two, and landed under five punches in the early portion of the fight.
While Lemieux attempted to battle back against the champion, Saunders carried the momentum and forced Lemieux to run on empty into the twelveth round.
Saunders walked away with a unanimous decision win with scores of 120-108, 117-111, 118-110.
Following the fight, Saunders called out unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin. Saunders’ WBO Title is the only middleweight title Golovkin currently does not own.
“I’ve beaten enough dog meat now. Golovkin, you keep saying you wanted my WBO belt when I was 14 stone, out of shape, and wasn’t in love with boxing. Then you wanted to fight me. Fight me now! Now fight me. We’ll see a different story. You’ll be punching fresh air.”