Saunders retains WBO middleweight title

Saunders (right) repeatedly jabs Lemieux to win in front of the challengers home crowdBILLY Joe Saunders retained his WBO middleweight title with one of the finest overseas performances by a British boxer in living memory.
The mercurial 28-year-old went through his entire repertoire of boxing skills to leave former world champion David Lemieux, the local favourite, chasing shadows throughout.
So one-sided was the beating that judge Benoit Roussel turned in a 120-108, shutout scorecard while Gerardo Martinez had it 117-111 and Phil Edwards 118-110.
The decision was unsurprisingly booed by the 10,000-strong pro-Lemieux crowd, who were almost as frustrated by Saunders’ hit-and-move brilliance as the challenger was.
But it mattered little to Saunders.
“I know you’re booing me because I whooped your fighter’s ass,” he said. “But that’s boxing.”
This was Saunders’ second fight since linking up with Sheffield trainer Dominic Ingle during the summer following a brief stint with Adam Booth.
The 2008 Olympian had considered quitting the sport following a miserable performance against Artur Akavov this time last year but has enjoyed a new lease of life in the City of Steel, where he lives in the attic of the house owned by British featherweight Kid Galahad.
Saunders outpointed Willie Monroe Jr in September but never really sparkled. In Montreal’s suburb of Laval, however, the undefeated southpaw had promised to be better than ever. – MailOnline

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