With fight night approaching, Billy Joe Saunders has taken another dig at David Lemieux, stating that the Canadian is "weak in the mind".

Saunders puts his WBO World Middleweight crown on the line in Lemieux's backyard on December 16th, and is confident he will return home with the belt.

"I go to enemy territory all the time," the Champion said on a media call on Monday.

"Where I’m from, when I boxed Andy Lee, it was the biggest feud amongst possible gypsy culture, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh all there in one mixture. Most of them there for Andy Lee," he said referring to the night he lifted the World Title two years ago.

Lemieux is a former World Champion, having winning the IBF belt in 2015. However his reign lasted just 118 days, as Gennady Golovkin stopped him in the eighth round of their unification bout.

Golovkin v Lemieux

"I’ve seen David’s absolute best performance against Gennady Golovkin. I think David is very weak in the mind. And at the end, I don’t care if it’s in his backyard, put the ring there. As long as there’s a ring we can get in, that’s all that matters.

"I’m quite happy to know I’m under his skin because, if he wants to play a boxing match, then bring a blindfold, and I’ll put it on, and I’ll beat him. That’s how confident I am," revealed Billy Joe.

Earlier this year, Lemieux recorded one of the knockouts of 2017 when he demolished Curtis Stevens with a brutal left hook. In total, he has 33 knockouts in his 38 wins.

Saunders is not concerned by the Canadian's power, questioning the level of opponents. "Against bums, yeah, knocking out old men, but he got stuck against [Marco Antonio] Rubio. He’s a tough man with power. He lost his next and then fought bums all the way up until Golovkin.

"Curtis Stevens, he’s not an A-level fighter. He’s just a step up, a bit of a seasonal fighter. He’s really nothing special. He dealt with him, fair play. But he got spanked by Golovkin previous to that. When you mix him up against the very, very best of the league, he’s not quite comfortable. He didn’t win a round against Golovkin."

Saunders with belt

The winner of this bout looks likely to face Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin next year, depending on what happens with their planned rematch.

"I want whoever’s next," said Saunders. "I would love to fight Canelo Alvarez. As long as it’s all a fair playing field here in Canada, which I’m sure it will. I don’t want no Canelo-Golovkin results," said Saunders, referring to Adelaide Byrd's 118-110 scorecard in favour of Canelo in September.

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