Thursday, October 12, 2017

WBO Orders Billy Joe Saunders to Defend his Title Against David Lemieux

WBO World Middleweight Champion, Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs), has been ordered by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to defend his title against David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs). The WBO has set November 11th as the deadline for the two fighters to strike a deal for the title matchup. Saunders had hoped to fight either Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) or Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) in his next professional bout.

Great Britain's Saunders captured his title on December 19, 2015 with a majority decision victory over Andy Lee (35-3-1, 24 KOs). This will be the southpaw's third title defense. He previously defended his title against Artur Akavov (17-2, 7 KOs) and Willie Monroe Jr. (21-3, 6 KOs). His successful title against Monroe, a unanimous decision victory, came on September 16th of this year at the Copper Box Arena in Great Britain.

Lemieux, a tough French Canadian middleweight, is looking for his fifth straight victory. Most recently, he defeated Marcos Reyes (35-5, 26 KOs) by unanimous decision on May 6th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a fight that was part of the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) undercard.

Stay tuned to The Weigh-In Boxing Blog and Podcast for more information on this middleweight title fight.

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