PHOTOS: David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders Host Media Day Ahead of HBO Showdown

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux faces off with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night on HBO (Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, in association with Frank Warren and Vidéotron, hosted a media workout for the upcoming WBO Middleweight World Championship fight between Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs).

Saunders vs. Lemieux will take place this Saturday, Dec. 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will air on HBO World Championship Boxing. Lemieux will have the hometown advantage, but it’s not a worry to the defending champion.

“I’m used to [fighting] outside the UK, I’m a traveler of the world,” stated Saunders. “I don’t care if there’s a million people. It’s just me and him in that ring, end of the story. As for the rest, I don’t care. David has no chance of winning, and I’m convinced that he will not make the distance against me. I’m willing to bet part of my purse to charity if I lose and the winner will choose which charity to give it too. I’m not here for the money or anything like that, I’m here to make a statement. There’s no point in talking anymore, all that matters now is what happens on Saturday.”

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One of Lemieux’s best traits is his destructive power, and he seems as confident as ever in scoring another knockout.

“I’ve never said that I doubted his chin,” Lemieux explained. “Regardless he will hit the floor. And whether I win by knock out or go 12 rounds, it’s no matter. But I will drop him and I will hurt him. There are a lot of fans in England who’ve written to me because they don’t like Saunders, and they want me to get rid of him. I’ll do everyone a favor, I’ll take care of him.”

Sounds like a recipe for a barnburner of a fight to close out the year. Check below for more photos.

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Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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