Unbeaten Middleweight World Champion Billy Joe Saunders has warned David Lemieux that he is "too slick and too good" for him.
On December 16th in Montreal, the rivals square off for Saunders' WBO crown. Speaking at Monday's press conference to announce the fight, the Englishman was in confident mood.
"This fight has good fight written all over it. There is a lot at stake. I'm going to be very aware because as you all know, boxing is a funny game, it can end very quickly with one punch," argued the southpaw. "And it goes both ways. David is going to eat some, and he's going to beg me to finish him off."
In September, Saunders moved to 25-0 by outpointing Willie Monroe Jr in London. After teaming up with Dominic Ingle in the summer, Billy Joe was pleased to shake off the ring rust before taking on bigger challenges, such as this one.
"Styles make fights. It's the classic match-up between the boxer and the puncher and I'm looking forward to it. I was born to fight, and I'm going to prove it by unifying the belts as soon as I'm done with David," said the Champion.
Lemieux recorded one the best knockouts of 2017 so far in March, putting Curtis Stevens to sleep in three rounds, so the Canadian carries a serious threat to Saunders' reign.
The WBO belt is the final piece in the Middleweight puzzle, with Gennady Golovkin, who holds the WBC, IBF and WBA 'Super' Title, eyeing a rematch with Canelo Alvarez in May 2018. Saunders recognises that he must impress against Lemieux before unifying the division.
"Lemieux shows a lot of heart when he comes to fight but the real truth is, I'm too slick and too good for him. I'm in boxing to win and defend my belt all over the world, Lemieux is my tester for the winner of Canelo and Golovkin."