Saunders cruises to decision win vs. Lemieux

Middleweight world titleholder Billy Joe Saunders, fighting outside of the United Kingdom for the first time, cruised to a unanimous decision win against David Lemieux on Saturday night in Quebec.

Source:: ESPN – Boxing

Saunders toys with and defeats Lemieux

By newsdesk

In a grudge match, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) dominated former IBF David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Hometown favorite Lemieux was never in the fight as he was thoroughly outboxed by Saunders. Scores were 120-108, 117-111, 118-110.

Billy Joe Saunders: “I know you’re booing me because I whooped your fighter’s ass…I wouldn’t have come over here if I thought I’d get beat…I’m a different animal now. I wanted to put it on Lemieux…Canelo fight me NOW!

David Lemieux: “I wasn’t at my best. As of the second round I couldn’t use my left hand the way I wanted to. He was on the run and I had difficulty throwing my shots. I guess his strategy to win is to run away from fighters instead of fighting. If that’s the way you want to win then, hey, congratulations.”

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Billy Joe Saunders toys with David Lemieux to retain middleweight title on HBO

By Mike Coppinger

Billy Joe Saunders travelled across the pond and simply put, held a master class in boxing over 12 rounds.

He retained his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous decision over David Lemieux in the challenge’s hometown of Quebec, Canada on HBO. One judge scored it a shutout, 120-108. The other scores: 118-110 and 117-111.

Saunders (26-0, 12 knockouts) was in control from the onset with his excellent jab and outlanded the Canadian 103 to 12 in that department. Saunders connected on a staggering 37% of his jabs and bloodied Lemieux’s nose.

Lemieux, a former 160-pound titleholder, had no answers for Lemieux and said he hurt his left hand in Round 2.

“I know you’re booing me because I whipped your fighter’s ass, but that’s boxing,” said Saunders, 28. “I knew what he was coming for, I look easy to whip, I look easy to put down but you can’t hit me. I like to come to someone’s backyard because i perform better.”

Saunders credited trainer Dominic Ingle with his transformation into an elite level fighter. Now, the Brit is in position to fight the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, but first, he figures to meet Daniel Jacobs or Demetrius Andrade.

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Saunders vs Lemieux results: Billy Joe Saunders routs David Lemieux, retains WBO belt

By Scott Christ

Billy Joe Saunders shut down powerful David Lemieux tonight on HBO.

Billy Joe Saunders made his way to Canada to face a local favorite, and made his way to U.S. TV for the first time, and he couldn’t have done much better, dominating David Lemieux over 12 rounds to retain his WBO middleweight title.

Saunders (26-0, 12 KO) won on scores of 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108. Both BLH cards were 120-108 for Saunders, finding no rounds to give to the Canadian slugger.

Lemieux (38-4, 33 KO) was outboxed from start to finish in this fight, constantly swinging and missing against the elusive, slick Saunders, who simply dominated the action and made Lemieux look frankly foolish for much of the fight.

All in all, it was a class showing from the 28-year-old Saunders, who was able to bust Lemieux up over the course of the schooling, and seemed to break his spirit in the middle rounds.

“I know what sort of fighter David Lemieux is. I knew what he was coming for. I look easy to hit, I look easy to hurt, I look easy to put down, I look like I’m running out of gas, but you can’t hit me,” Saunders said after the fight.

Saunders also called out Gennady Golovkin, who holds the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles in the division.

“I’ve beaten enough dog meat now. Golovkin, you keep saying you wanted my WBO belt when I was 14 stone, out of shape, and wasn’t in love with boxing. Then you wanted to fight me,” he said. “Fight me now! Now fight me. We’ll see a different story. You’ll be punching fresh air.”

“I was not at my best. Hats off to Billy Joe, but as of the second round, my left hand, I couldn’t use it the way I wanted to. He was on the run, so, I had a little bit of difficulty throwing my shots,” Lemieux said.

Lemieux also accused Saunders of running.

“He was running away from the first round until the end. I guess that’s his strategy to win, to run away from fighters instead of fighting. If this is the way you want to win, then hey, congratulations,” he added.

Saunders owned the fight largely with his jab, which he landed at a 37% clip (103 of 279), according to CompuBox, compared to a meager 12 of 120 (10%) of jabs from Lemieux. Power punches were tighter in terms of overall output, with Saunders landing 62 and Lemieux 55, but Saunders landed at a 41% rate, 18% higher than Lemieux, who simply couldn’t find the titleholder with anything meaningful.

Some highlights:

.@bjsaunders_ lands an effective combination on @lemieuxboxing in Round 2. #SaundersLemieux

— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 17, 2017

.@bjsaunders_ looks for Lemieux’s punch after @lemieuxboxing misses with a big right. #SaundersLemieux

— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 17, 2017

“.@bjsaunders_ looks like a bullfighter with a lead uppercut with the right hand, followed by a right hook. Then, look what he does Max, Ole! around to the right side and let the bull go forward.” – Roy Jones

— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 17, 2017

Source:: Bad Left Hook

Saunders vs Lemieux results: Spike O’Sullivan stops Antoine Douglas in seven

By Scott Christ

Spike O’Sullivan wore out Antoine Douglas in tonight’s middleweight co-feature.

Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan came into tonight’s HBO card meant to be a showcase opponent for prospect Antoine Douglas. Instead, he beat Douglas down and stopped him in the seventh round of a gritty battle, handing Douglas his second pro loss.

O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KO) and Douglas (22-2-1, 16 KO) pretty much traded heavy shots the whole way, not at a blistering pace, not at a Fight of the Year sort of level, but there was really no technique at play here.

That wound up favoring O’Sullivan, who simply proved more capable of taking the punishment as the fight wore on. Douglas started well enough, and the first four rounds were all competitive.

But O’Sullivan had a huge fifth round, smashing Douglas with a series of clean shots that ultimately seemed to shift the momentum entirely in his favor. He caught Douglas with another clean right hand in the seventh round, and Douglas looked instantly out on his feet. Douglas stayed up, but O’Sullivan just unloaded, until Douglas finally crumbled to the canvas.

To Douglas’ great credit, and perhaps something out of pure instinct, he rose to his feet, but the referee made the right call to stop the fight when he read that Douglas wasn’t really responding to his instructions.

O’Sullivan, 33, has said that he hopes to land a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders, should Saunders beat David Lemieux in tonight’s main event. Saunders routed him back in 2013. It may be unlikely, but who knows?

For Douglas, 25, this is about as big a loss as he could have suffered. He’d been overwhelmed by activity against Avtandil Khurtsidze in March 2016, and losing to O’Sullivan seems to seal the deal: he’s just not going to be a world class fighter. He has ability and a tough attitude in the way he fights, but he’s 0-2 trying to step up, and it’s not like we’re talking about the cream of the crop pushing him back down, either.

O’Sullivan landed 130 of 447 (29%) of his total punches, and 102 of 291 (35%) of his power shots. Statistically, Douglas wasn’t far behind, landing 108 of 376 (29%) of his total punches, and 77 of 204 (38%) on power punches.

Here are some highlights, including the stoppage:

.@action_douglas survives a big left hook from @spike_osullivan. #DouglasOSullivan

— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 17, 2017

.@spike_osullivan scores the knockout on @action_douglas after landing a series of heavy blows in Round 7. #DouglasOSullivan

— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) December 17, 2017

Source:: Bad Left Hook

Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan scores upset of Antoine Douglas with seventh-round stoppage

By Mike Coppinger

Antoine Douglas’ once-promising career now appears finished.

The former hot middleweight prospect was winning the early rounds against Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, but slowly, the Irishman worked his way into the bout with looping power shots that continuously found their mark.

He rocked Douglas in Round 6 and then a massive left hook crushed Douglas the following round, with a follow-up barrage that put him on the canvas. Douglas wasn’t clear eye when he beat the count, and referee Steve St-Germain wisely stopped it at 1:07 of Round 7.

Spike O’Sullivan has losses to Chris Eubank Jr. and Billy Joe Saunders, but after the upset victory, he figures to be back on HBO soon.

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O’Sullivan KOs Douglas, Ulysse beats Seldin

By newsdesk

Middleweight Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) scored an upset seventh round KO over WBO #7, WBC #8, WBA #10 rated Antoine “Action” Douglas (22-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada. O’Sullivan broke down Douglas and blasted him to the canvas in round seven to end it. Time was 1:03. O’Sullivan claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title.

Super lightweight Yves Ulysse Jr (15-1, 9 KOs) completely outclassed previously unbeaten WBC #13 rated Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (21-1, 17 KOs). Ulysse dropped Seldin in each of the first three rounds, then cruised to a 99-88 win on all three cards.

Super welterweight Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (21-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Detroit veteran Lanardo Tyner (32-12-2, 20 KOs). An uppercut finished Tyner at 2:29. It was the first time the 42-year-old Tyner has ever been stopped early.

Hot Golden Boy Promotions junior lightweight prospect Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (13-0, 12 KOs) punished journeyman Noe Martinez (10-10-2, 6 KOs) until the bout was waved off in round eight. Garcia battered Martinez to a knee in the final round. Time was 1:45.

Heavyweight Simon Kean (12-0, 11 KOs) stopped journeyman Mike Sheppard (25-22-2, 11 KOs) in round two.

Female super flyweight Nicola Adams (3-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stopped Soledad Macedo (13-14-1, 4 KOs) in round three. A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage. Time was 1:26.

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