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Saunders toys with and defeats Lemieux

19 December, 2017, 11:42 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • Billy Joe Saunders weighs in at 160lbs for David Lemieux clash in first fight on foreign soil

Lemieux (38-3), a former International Boxing Federation champion, fell short in his bid to become the first Canadian since Arturo Gatti to win a second title.

Billy Joe Saunders' opponent David Lemieux had to strip naked and weigh in twice in order to make the 160lb limit for their world title clash in Canada.

Saunders was typically unapologetic after the result, while Lemieux blamed a damaged left hand for the loss and the fact his opponent "ran" all night.

Saunders (26-0) made a third defence of the title the British fighter won from Andy Lee in 2015 and showed he could be a force in the division that is now ruled by stars Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

Lemieux came in at exactly 160lbs with Saunders also weighing in at exactly 160lbs. One Lemieux punch missed so wildly that Saunders mocked him, standing still to look into the crowd in search of where it landed.

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The masterclass continued into the seventh when Lemieux left the round bloody and hurt and with little answer to Saunders' jabs and footwork.

All three judges handed Saunders an impressive points victory with Benoit Roussel seeing it 120-108, Gerardo Martinez 117-111 and Phil Edwards 118-110.

"I'd taken some time out to be with my mum, but she said the best thing to do is to get a World title" Adams said. "It's alright performing a million dollars but they won't want to fight me fighting like that", Saunders told BT Sport.

"In my own mind, I know I can deal with (Lemieux), and then with Golovkin or Canelo, we'll see where I really am".

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