Saunders vs Lemieux Info
Billy Joe Saunders beat David Lemieux by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 16th December 2017 at Bell Centre in Montreal.
The scorecards were announced as 117-111, 118-110, 120-108 in favor of winner Billy Joe Saunders.
The fight took place over rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
This contest was for the WBO middleweight championship of the world.
Saunders vs Lemieux stats
Billy Joe Saunders stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and draws.
David Lemieux made his way to the ring with a record of 38 wins, 3 loses and draws.
The stats suggested that Saunders and Lemieux have similar power, both with a 0% knock out percentage.
Billy Joe Saunders was the same age as David Lemieux, at 31 years old.
Saunders had a height advantage of 1 inch over Lemieux. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Billy Joe Saunders fought out of the southpaw stance, while David Lemieux was an orthodox fighter.
Saunders was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 10 months later than Lemieux, who’s first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 12 more professional rounds, 202 to Lemieux's 190.
David Lemieux was ranked number 2 by the WBO in the 160lb division.
Saunders vs Lemieux form
Saunders remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Shefat Isufi on 18th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Super Middleweight championship fight at Lamex Stadium, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Charles Adamu on 22nd December 2018 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
Going into that contest, he had beat David Lemieux on 16th December 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
Before that, he had defeated Willie Monroe Jr on 16th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had won against Artur Akavov on 3rd December 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley.
Lemieux had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Marcos Reyes on 6th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Curtis Stevens on 11th March 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
Going into that contest, he had beat Cristian Fabian Rios on 22nd October 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
Before that, he had won against Glen Tapia on 7th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
He had been beaten by Gennady Golovkin on 17th October 2015 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their IBF World Middleweight, WBC World Middleweight and WBA Super World Middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, David Lemieux had been fighting more than Billy Joe Saunders.
Going to this contest, Billy Joe Saunders had last fought 1 year 4 months and 1 day ago, while David Lemieux's last outing had been 3 years 4 months and 13 days ago.
Saunders' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years 5 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 52 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.4 rounds on average.
Lemieux's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year 6 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
What time did Saunders vs Lemieux start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 3:00 am UTC at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada, which was 10:00 pm EST or 7:00 pm PST on the West Coast of America, or 3:00 am GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Saunders vs Lemieux?
Saunders vs Lemieux was broadcast on BoxNation in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by HBO.