Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Saunders dominates Lemieux to keep crown

Saunders dominates Lemieux to keep crown

Saunders, whose troubles out of the ring now seem long since left in his rear-view, told HBO's Kellerman that "this time a year ago I was a disgrace in Scotland [versus Artur Akavov]", crediting his upturn in fortunes to new trainer Dominic Ingle - who recently added Golden Boy's Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley to his Sheffield stable.

Saunders who had a frustrating 2016 with one sole defence of his title which he claimed in 2015, has already faced Willie Monroe Jnr in September winning an unanimous decision against the former world title challenger.

He also complained that Saunders did too much running away instead of fighting in the center of the ring.

Lemieux is contracted to Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who also look after Canelo, and Saunders hopes to have terms agreed on his next fight before boarding the plane home.

"If you beat me, you can choose what charity I give it to and vice versa when I win". But when he's hitting fresh air... he's very injury prone - his hands, shoulders. "I like to come into someone's backyard because I perform better".

In his first start with new trainer Dominic Ingle, Saunders improved to 26-0.

The Canadian is known for being a power puncher while Saunders has only won 12 of his 25 fights by knockout.

Without him, "my boxing career would be finished", he said.

Golovkin is in talks for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez on May 5 and if the pieces fall together, the victor of Saturday's bout could challenge in a unification fight against Golovkin or Alvarez in September.Lemieux has recorded four straight wins since being stopped in the eighth round by Golovkin two years ago. There is an old saying - a happy fighter is a risky one and I can't remember ever being this happy before.

"I think he's probably been in with a lot bigger punchers than me, a lot bigger, but he hasn't been in the ring with someone as slick as me", said Saunders.

But the Hertfordshire man is in a confident mood and is eager to face either Golovkin or Saul "Canelo" Alvarez if he can get past Lemieux on Saturday night. "People know I like to get into opponent's minds sometimes by saying and doing little things". I used to just get excited about weighing in so I could go and eat a load of shit.

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