Billy Joe Saunders may not be welcome back in Canada anytime soon.
The 28-year-old Englishman easily beat Canada’s David Lemieux over 12 rounds on Saturday evening to successfully defend his WBO middleweight title for a third time.
Such was his domination, Saunders even managed to bring some mid-round comedy to the fight.
During the fifth round, opponent Lemieux threw a big right hand which was easily sidestepped by the Briton.
Immediately after, Saunders humiliated the hometown favourite even more by gesturing to look into the crowd to see where the punch had landed.
Needless to say, it didn’t go down well with the hostile home crowd who reacted by booing the Brit.
Canadian Lemieux had won his previous four fights, but on his first fight outside of the UK, Saunders dominated the Quebec native from start to finish to extend his professional record to 26 victories and no defeats.
Saunders won every round on the judges’ scorecards, and was particularly dominant in the seventh round when a series of powerful jabs left Lemieux bloodied. All three judges marked the fight in Saunders favour with scores of 117-111, 118-110, and 120-108.
“I knew what sort of fighter David Lemieux is and I know what sort of coach he’s got,” Saunders said after the fight.
“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. If David landed four shots on me the whole fight, and he’s a world champion, been in with the best… I like to come in someone’s backyard because I perform better.”
Immediately after the fight, Saunders called out Gennady Golovkin, who needs the Briton’s WBO belt to unify the middleweight division.
He told BT Sport: “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.
Watch his taunting in the video below.
“Fight me now! Now fight me. We’ll see a different story. You’ll be punching fresh air.”
Saunders may have to wait for that bout, as Golovkin is in talks over a rematch with Canelo Alvarez following a disputed draw back in September.
However, following this dominant display, a big money fight is surely not far away for the undefeated Saunders.
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