Saturday night saw another Brit put in a dominant performance inside a boxing ring as Billy Joe Saunders schooled David Lemieux.
Well, that’s what most people saw, except for his opponent Lemieux, who believed he was going to beat the WBO middleweight champ to take his belt.
Sadly for him, however, that just did not happen.
Saunders, who retained his unbeaten streak and took his tally to 26, moved around the ring effortlessly and ensured his punches counted, whereas the favourite before the fight missed some of his punches and generally couldn’t get anywhere near his opponent.
By the seventh round, Saunders' dominance was already effectively over, and a unanimous judges’ decision saw him inflict a fourth defeat of Lemieux’s career.
Although the home crowd booed Billy Joe Saunders, it was a boo that masked a masterclass.
But, it seems Lemieux took these boos genuinely and did not admit defeat gracefully and had his excuses ready to explain why he thought Saunders won the fight.
After saying he wasn’t at his best – not the best start, David then he went on for the sympathy vote and said his hand was hurting in the second round.
It’s likely it might have been, but it sounds like a very amateur excuse to give in a post-fight interview in front of fans and your smug opponent.
But, his bizarre third comment will leave many scratching their heads, if even laughing at his weakest excuse yet.
“He was on the run… I wasn’t at my best,” Lemieux said, trying to suggest that Saunders moved away from him so that he couldn’t hit him.
Sounds like a good tactic, but the interviewer went straight back at Lemieux asking: “How much of that was down to Billy Joe Saunders?”
Lemieux look flustered, but persisted by reiterating: “He ran away from the first round until the end. I guess that’s a strategy to win, to run away from fighters instead of fighting… if that’s the way you want to win then hey, congratulations.”
Sounds like sour grapes to, well, everyone, because Lemieux was like a Ford KA chasing a Ferarri – he could never keep up.
As you can imagine, a lot of boxing fans had something to say regarding this claim from the Canadian.
What Next for BJS?
Saunders posted his own video on Twitter to say thank you for his support back here in the UK and “Mission completed.”
Saunders is now looking for a unification fight against Gennady Golovkin to get the WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO titles from him, and this recent win will only boost his confidence going into the possible bout.
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