Saunders Says Golovkin Can’t Outbox Him
After retaining his WBO Middleweight Championship against David Lemieux in dominating fashion last week in Montreal, Canada, Billy Joe Saunders expressed absolute confidence he can give WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez a run for their money.
Saunders put on a boxing clinic against Lemieux, showing expertize-level footwork and overwhelming Lemieux with strikes. Less than a week removed from the title bout, Saunders told the BBC that he feels the unified middleweight champion, GGG, can’t outbox him if the two were to ever face off.
“Golovkin’s got good power, good pressure, good footwork. He’s not 28 anymore, he’s 35, to stand back and box me would take a lot…he would never outbox me,” Saunders said.
I know deep down what performance is there but you know everyone now is ‘Billy Joe is this, Billy Joe is the next big thing, he’s going to beat Golovkin, he can beat Canelo.’ Realistically I don’t really care because four months ago, before I went to Dominic [Ingle] I was a ‘washed up bum, who was holding the title hostage.’
Saunders has expressed interest in a title unification bout with Golovkin, but it seems accepted that Golovkin will instead take a second title bout with Alvarez, as the two battled to a controversial split draw back in September.