Billy Joe Saunders outclasses David Lemieux over 12 rounds

Billy Joe Saunders outclasses David Lemieux over 12 rounds

Published: December 17, 2017


  Billy Joe Saunders won a wide unanimous decision over David Lemieux to retain his WBO middleweight championship. Photo: HBO Boxing

Billy Joe Saunders won a wide unanimous decision over David Lemieux to retain his WBO middleweight championship. Photo: HBO Boxing

LAVAL, QUEBEC – At the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over 12 rounds. Saunders sent a message to the entire middleweight division with his performance against Lemieux. The United Kingdom fighter was able to outbox and outmaneuver the Canadian through almost all twelve rounds. The judge’s scorecards read 120-108, 117-111, and 118-110. 

2017 has proven to be a successful year for Saunders who changed the perception that many had of him by defeating Willie Monroe Jr. and now Lemieux. The way Saunders performed against Lemieux, he cannot be counted out facing any opponent including the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. If a rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin does take place in 2018, Saunders could be next in line to take on the winner. 

In middleweight action, Gary O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage over Antoine Douglas (22-2-1, 16 KOs). Sullivan from the beginning applied pressure on Douglas while out throwing and out landing him. Sullivan landed 102 out of 291 power punches at a 35 percent connect rate. 

Opening up the telecast was local favorite Yves Ulysse Jr. (15-1, 9 KOs) taking on the then-undefeated Cletus Seldin (21-1, 17 KOs) in a ten-round bout in the 140-pound division. Ulysse Jr. was able to immediately take control of the bout scoring knockdowns in each of the first three rounds. Seldin, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, kept pressing the attack throughout the fight but was unable to outland his opponent. Ulysse Jr. used his movement to offset much of Seldin’s offense. The Montreal, Quebec native was awarded a unanimous decision with scores of 99-88 from all three judges. Ulysse Jr. landed 143 out of 281 power punches at a 51 percent connect rate. 


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