On Saturday night in the Bell Center, Montreal, undefeated WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders will take on dangerous puncher David Lemieux in what is sure to be an exciting match-up.
Odds for this fight are fairly split with Billy Joe coming in as the slight -120 favorite and Lemieux coming back at around even money.
This will be Billy Joe Saunders first fight outside the United Kingdom and its a stern test for the champion as Lemieux will relish being in front of his home town crowd who should provide an electric atmosphere up in Montreal.
The champion Saunders comes off a very good win in September over underrated southpaw Willie Monroe Jr. Monroe, a very tricky technical fighter, was simply outworked by Saunders, who was uncharacteristically patient during the fight, as he picked his shots and exploited Monroe’s low volume to take a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. Before that fight, Saunders had gone almost two years with only one lackluster defense against unheralded journeyman Artur Akavov, a fight Billy Joe looked so poor in he was forced to apologize to the Scottish crowd after his sub-par performance. If that version of Saunders somehow emerges in Montreal this Saturday again, it could be a short night for the Englishman.
However, since teaming up with Kell Brook’s trainer Dominic Ingle down in Sheffield, Saunders looks like a different fighter. While before he would allow himself to get dragged into dogfights and wars of attrition despite having the superior ring craft like he did against Eubank Jr, with Monroe he used his superior offensive skills and rarely allowed Monroe to gain a foothold in the fight, smoothly boxing his way to a wide decision.
If he is to emerge victorious against concussive puncher David Lemieux on Saturday night he will need to put all these skills into effect once again and utilize every bit of his superior ring craft.
Lemieux is simply one of the hardest one punch knock-out artists in boxing and it almost can’t be stressed enough how hard this guy hits. Curtis Stevens. Out cold. Hector Camacho Jr. Out cold. Alvaro Gaona. Out cold. Very few fighters display such ferocity in their punching power as David Lemieux does and with 33 KO’s in 38 wins, Lemieux is justifiably one of the most feared men in boxing when it comes to delivering punishment.
Lemieux also has above-average ring generalship. He employs a good jab, can cut off the ring effectively and while sometimes reckless, has enough variety in his punches to keep opposing fighters guessing as to where the next shot is coming from.
Overall, this fight is a real toss up in many ways as without doubt, Billy Joe Saunders has the ability to win a convincing points decision in Canada, but he has to be switched on 110% for the full twelve rounds. However, I’m leaning with David Lemieux in this one as while Billy Joe is the more accomplished boxer of the two, Lemieux is no dummy in this department either and can employ his jab effectively has he looks to ambush Saunders from long range, jumping in like he did against N’Dam.
Where I think the fight will be won and lost though is in the clinch. Saunders is used to using his superior reflexes as his primary defense and often negates to use the clinch. This could cost him big in this fight as Lemieux has one of the best compact left hooks in the game and he could end Saunders’ night early if he can connect with it. Ensuring he can properly tie up Lemieux will no doubt be paramount to Ingle’s game plan in this fight but whether Billy Joe can effectively incorporate it into his style is another matter.
This is a great fight all-round and is one of the hardest fights to call we have seen in recent memory. There are so many realistic outcomes that can happen in this fight. Saunders can definitely win by decision using his more fluid skills. Lemieux also has the chance at a decision if he can hurt Billy Joe early and have him back-pedalling the entire fight, taking a decision in his hometown. However, the one I’m going with is Lemieux by KO/TKO as I think Saunders will box well but his poor inside technique and clinching will no doubt cost him at some stage during the fight and one mistake is likely all that Lemieux needs to ensure this belt changes hands on Saturday night.
Pick: Take the underdog David Lemieux via KO/TKO
Canelo Alvarez/ Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs L.A. Press Tour Quotes & 5th Annual Box Fan Expo News & Spence/Garcia Fight Pick
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the final stop of their three-city press tour with a spectacular press event at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Below is what the participants had to say at the event:
CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:
“I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.”
DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion:
“I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.”
EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“Our objective this year is win all the belts and become the first Mexican to win the all the world championships.”
JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:
“The moment he set foot in the gym we knew he was something special, the day he debuted he was great, but the day he retires the world will know how great of a fighter he is.”
ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:
“Jacobs is the best middleweight walking on this planet, his capabilities, skillset and gentleman ship will be what wins the fight on May 4.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:
“I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.”
FRANK SMITH, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:
“We believe Jacobs will unify all of those belts and he’ll take on Canelo and win that fight.”
JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:
“We’re deeply honored and proud to be exclusively showing this champion versus champion fight in the U.S.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.
Devin Haney to make an appearance at the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on May 4
Undefeated boxing phenom Devin Haney has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.
Haney will make his 1st appearance at this years’ Expo, and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Haney will also have merchandise and products to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing sensation also known as “The Dream”.
Haney joins Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.
About Devin Haney
Devin Haney is quickly becoming the new sensation of boxing today, building an undefeated record of 21 fights, 13 of them by KO, since his debut on December 11, 2015. Haney has defined his aspirations to shape up and become the new star of boxing and to become world champion. A young man who has dedicated his life to the sport since he was seven years old, he has won 7 national championships as amateur, shaping a record of 130-8. He became the youngest member of the national Junior Team and was the youngest boxer to win the Junior World Championship in Nevada. On January 11, Haney took another significant step towards becoming a world champion, by defeating South Africa’s Xolisani Ndongeni by a wide unanimous decision in 10 rounds, in the main event of a card at the StageWorks in Shreveport, Louisiana and capturing the WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight Titles. Haney was born in San Francisco, and raised in Oakland, California but has been living in Las Vegas since he was 7 years old and he’s managed by his father William Haney. Devin knows that this is only the beginning of a brilliant career, hoping, planning and working hard to become the next boxing idol.
About Box Fan Expo
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March 16: Arlington, Texas (Fox PPV)
Errol Spence Jr.(24-0) Vs. Mikey Garcia(39-0) For Spence’s IBF Welterweight Title- For starters, I would like to point out that I really admire Garcia for daring to be great in jumping up 1 or 2 weight classes(depending on who you ask) to face the much bigger Spence.
Thing is though, that there are weight classes for a reason and in this bout, Mikey may have bitten off more than he can chew. I mean on paper, Mikey is the sharper more technical boxer, yet thing is that no fight is ever fought on paper.
Mikey is a brilliant boxer that takes subtle steps towards his foe in which doing so it places him at all times within striking distance. So in short, Mikey never over extends himself so he never wastes punches or motion.
Spence on the other hand is a big and strong welterweight that is known to carve up his opponents mid section. Spence also has a hard stiff jab that he employs often and very well.
In this clash I am expecting Spence to hurt Mikey with right hook body shots and short left hooks upstairs. Mikey will need to box in and out and must look to keep Spence turning.
I see Spence taking this in a 8 rounds to 4 comfortable unanimous win. But I also would be far from shocked if Spence lands something nasty to stop Garcia in his tracks late in the fight around the 9th round.
Bonus Pick: David Benavidez(20-0) over J’ Leon Love(24-2-1) by a brutal 8th round TKO.
Canelo Alvarez To Unify Against Daniel Jacobs, Pacquiao/Broner Pick, & More
Dirty Dozen Boxers Must See More Of In 2019
2018 was a very good boxing year in terms of compelling fights, breakout fighters, and new Live and on demand streaming services to give us fight fans more and more boxing. So with 2018 now in our rear view, here are 12 fighters that I am looking forward to seeing more of heading into the 2019 boxing calendar year.
Anthony Joshua(22-0)– It has now been three weeks since Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury treated us to an entertaining battle and fight fans are STILL talking about that wild 12th round. This proves that Heavyweights still reign supreme in boxing. So here’s to HOPEFULLY seeing Joshua in the ring AT LEAST three times in 2019. Wilder, Fury, Big Baby Miller, and Luis Ortiz are all there waiting to get it on with AJ.
Oleksandr Usyk(16-0)– I don’t really care who Usyk faces, all I know is that I want to see more of this crushing cruiserweight. His combination blend of hand speed, heavy hands, and quick footwork make him must see tv for me.
David Benavidez(20-0)– Like Usyk, the super middleweight Benavidez displays very fast hands and power in both hands. I would love to see young David in against Callum Smith, Uzcategui, Gilberto Ramirez, or Plant.
Canelo Alvarez(51-1-2)– Alvarez now has options at 160 and 168 and with a new monster fight deal at DAZN, no reason for Canelo to not fight less than 3 times a year. Alvarez puts butts in seats and is always improving, here’s to more Canelo in 2019.
Terence Crawford(34-0)– I love seeing Bud fight, I especially love his versatility. Bud can box you or he can fight you in the pocket. And his kill switch is the best in boxing, if he sees any discomfort on his foe at all, Bud will jump right on it and end things.
Josh Kelly(8-0)– Kelly brings much much intrigue for me. I love his hand speed, rapid feet, and angles he uses, thing is that I am dying to know if he is more Lomachenko or more Amir Khan.
Josh Taylor(14-0)– This kid can flat out fight, like Josh Kelly I want to see more of him to see how good he really is.
Vasiliy Lomachenko(12-1)– Loma is the total package to me and the fact that he is willing to take on any threat at any time makes him a throwback fighter.
Mikey Garcia(39-0)– Mikey is the perfect boxer in terms of overall skills, thing is that he needs to be more active, ESPECIALLY since he decided to sit out for 2 years of his prime.
Teofimo Lopez(11-0)– Like Holyfield, this young bull is the real deal.
Vergil Ortiz Jr.(11-0)– Kid can really crack and wants to be tested.
Naoya Inoue(17-0)– When Inoue fights, EVERYONE must tune in. Quickness, powerful, and looks to end matters fast.
Others to watch– Errol Spence Jr., Carlos Balderas, Tank Davis, Shakur Stevenson, Oscar Valdez
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