PHOTOS: Billy Joe Saunders Easily Outpoints David Lemieux in Canada

Billy Joe Saunders was in rare form on Saturday night, defeating David Lemieux via unanimous decision (Photo: Matt Heasley-Hogan Photos)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 16, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) outpointed hometown favorite and former champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) to successfully defend the WBO Middleweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of HBO World Championship Boxing at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

A native of the United Kingdom, Saunders easily outboxed Lemieux for 12 rounds from his southpaw stance to win via unanimous decision, with scorecards reading 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.

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Speaking after his big win, Saunders seemed to know what to expect ahead of time.

“I knew what sort of fighter David Lemieux is, and I knew what sort of coach he’s got,” said Saunders. “I knew what he was coming for. I look easy to hurt, but you can’t hit me. I like going to somebody’s backyard because I perform better. I’m a whole different animal now. When I hurt David, I wanted to put it on him. I really did, but that’s what I pay my trainer Dominic Ingle to do. I went to put it on him, but he told me to take my time, and that was the best advice.”

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As for Lemieux, the former champion will now have to go back to the drawing board.

“I wasn’t at my best. Hats off to Billy Joe [Saunders],” said Lemieux. “From the second round on, I could not use my left hand the way I wanted, and he was on the run, so I had a hard time throwing my shots. It wasn’t my best night. A lot of this was because of me, because I couldn’t use my left hand the way I wanted to. He was running from the first round to the end, and I guess that’s his strategy to win. If this is the way you want to win, then congratulations.”

Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

 

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