Lemieux wants to ‘destroy’ Billy Joe Saunders

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 December 2017

David Lemieux is after Billy Joe Saunders' WBO World Middleweight title. Picture: SCOTT HEAVEY/PA

David Lemieux is after Billy Joe Saunders' WBO World Middleweight title. Picture: SCOTT HEAVEY/PA

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Canadian contender David Lemieux is looking to take Billy Joe Saunders to task – and has promised the world champion that he’s going give him the hardest 12 rounds in his career.

The Hatfield WBO world middleweight champion will have his third defence in Lemieux’s hometown of Montreal in the early hours of Sunday morning.

But the hard-hitting Canadian says he’s more than prepared to give Saunders hell in the ring to make sure he keeps the title in North America.

“He has a very, very aggressive Lemieux on his back, and I’m going to be ready,” warned the 28-year-old. “I’m extremely prepared for this fight so it’s not going to be easy for him.

“It’s actually going to be hell for him.

“I’m more excited, actually, just to lay my hands on Billy Joe Saunders more than anything else.

“He’s got a big mouth. It’s rare I see fighters with such a big mouth. I just hope his fighting is going to come as close as his mouth on Saturday night.”

Lemieux has been on a roll of late, clocking four consecutive wins, including two knockouts, against Glen Tapia, Cristian Rios, Curtis Stevens and Marcos Reyes.

He’s a known heavy hitter, which means traditional boxer Saunders will be weary of the dangerous Canadian.

“I’m here to knock him out,” said Lemieux. “I’m here to destroy him every round.

“It’s 12 rounds. It’s unfortunate for him, but I’m ready for 12 big rounds. I’m excited for this fight to give the fans their money’s worth and finish the year with a new WBO title.

“I’m going to make him pay in the ring. All this animosity is going to come out in the ring.

“If he thinks he can run away for 12 rounds, he’s in a lot of trouble.”

Following a loss to Gennady Golovkin in 2015, the challenger is adamant that he is a different fighter than he was two years ago, and that it would be a different story if the two were to meet in the ring again.

“I’m a whole different guy,” admitted Lemieux. “You put Golovkin back in front of me, and it’s going to be a whole different scenario.”

Watch Saunders v Lemieux live on BT Sport 2 HD and BoxNation from 2am this Sunday.

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