Billy Joe Saunders to defend WBO middleweight title against David Lemieux

World middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is to defend his WBO title against Canadian David Lemieux in December.

The undefeated Saunders, who includes Chris Eubank Jr among his victims, has already defended the belt twice since winning it from Ireland’s Andy Lee in 2015.

The 28-year-old’s meeting with Lemieux on December 16 will be at a venue to be confirmed in Montreal and Saunders sees a win over the Canadian as a step to setting up a contest with Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovokin, holder of the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight titles.

Saunders said: “I don’t just want the dog meat that Golovkin has left behind. I want the dog himself, and when I come through this fight I will have him.

“Once I beat Lemieux, I’ll be moving onto bigger fish: the winner of the rematch between (Saul) Canelo (Alvarez) and Golovkin. I’m looking forward to a great fight.”

Lemieux said: “Saunders is about to get destroyed. I’m going to be extremely ready for this fight and I’m going to inflict a lot of pain on Saunders.”

Source : BirminghamMail

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