(October 23rd) There was a lot of hostility in the air today, while the WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and former IBF World Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) were hosting a press conference to discuss their upcoming showdown to be held on Dec. 16 at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec. Saunders vs. Lemieux is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, in association with Frank Warren, and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:40 p.m. ET/PT.
Here is what the participants had to say at today’s press conference:
Billy Joe Saunders, current WBO World Middleweight Champion:
“This fight has good fight written all over it. There is a lot at stake. I’m going to be very aware because as you all know, boxing is a funny game, it can end very quickly with one punch. And it goes both ways. David is going to eat some, and he’s going to beg me to finish him off.
“Styles make fight. It’s the classic match-up between the boxer and the puncher and I’m looking forward to it. I was born to fight, and I’m going to prove it by unifying the belts as soon as I’m done with David.
“Lemieux shows a lot of heart when he comes to fight but the real truth is, I’m to slick and too good for him. I’m in boxing to win and defend my belt all over the world, Lemieux is my tester for the winner of Canelo and Golovkin. ”
David Lemieux, former IBF World Middleweight Champion:
“I think that you are in for a surprise. I will be at my best and take the title from you.
“If the fight demands me chasing you, I will chase you. If the fight demands me to go toe-to-toe, I will. On December 16, I promise that I won’t leave the Place Bell without the belt. I’m extremely excited. Let’s get it on!”
Dominic Ingle, trainer to Billy Joe Saunders:
“Billy wants to fight Golovkin and wants to measure himself against Lemieux. It’s a great test for him.
“David is a great fighter, big puncher and a clever boxer. Billy is in a very good place and he’s had some brilliant training and a great camp so far. He is super confident to put on a great show. Hopefully, Dec. 16 is going to be a great night of boxing!”
Marc Ramsay, trainer to David Lemieux:
“I’m proud to train a boxer such as David Lemieux, who is a true warrior, a real champion, always up for real challenges. As soon as we found out that facing Canelo wasn’t an option, we started looking at other options. David’s request was clear: ‘I want to face the best fighter available.’ And, we found it in Saunders, and it’s going to be a good challenge for David. Once again, he will give the fans a show to remember and a beautiful Christmas gift.
“This fight is a great opportunity for David to write history and follow the steps of great Arturo Gatti, by becoming two time World Champion.”
Camille Estephan, president of Eye of the Tiger Management:
“We promised our fans to host a championship fight and we delivered. We would like to thank our great partners, HBO, Golden Boy Promotions, Videotron and evenko who made it possible.
“We also promised that David would become World Champion again, and I guarantee that we will keep our promise. We are glad to inaugurate the Place Bell with this terrific boxing event. We will write history together on Dec. 16.”
Saunders vs. Lemieux, a 12-round fight for Saunder’s WBO World Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management in association with Frank Warren Promotions. The event will take place Dec. 16, at the Place Bell in Laval, Canada and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, October 28 at 12p.m. at www.evenko.ca.
(October 18th) Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s former IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux will get a chance to regain a middleweight title December 16th before a hometown crowd when he challenges Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK’s WBO Middleweight Champion “Superb” Billy Joe Saunders LIVE on HBO Championship Boxing from the Place Bell, Laval in Quebec.
The 28-year-old, 2008 Olympian Saunders, 25-0, 12Ko’s will be making the third defense of the WBO strap he claimed December 2015 winning a hard-fought majority decision over London rival Andy Lee. Saunders comes in off winning twelve round unanimous decision title defenses over Artur Akavov and Willie Monroe Jr. in his last outing September 16th.
At age 28, Lemieux, 38-3, 33Ko’s suffering back to back losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine back in 2011 regrouped stringing nine straight victories together including wins over Jose Miguel Torres, Fernando Guerrero, Gabriel Rosado and current WBA World Middleweight Titlist Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam before being stopped by unbeaten middleweight knockout king Gennady Golovkin October 17th, 2015.
Rebounding just seven months later initiating a new win streak the Canadian banger squeezing a ten round unanimous decision win over Cristian Fabian Rios between KO wins over Glen Tapia and Curtis Stevens comes in off a ten round unanimous decision over tough Mexican veteran Marcos “Cheeto” Reyes May 6th.
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management the December 16th, Saunders vs Lemieux WBO World Middleweight Championship card event is sponsored by Tecate,"THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING" and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing the Place Bell, Laval in Quebec.