Saunders eyes Golovkin showdown

18 December 2017 00:09:35 GMTPlus10

Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title against David Lemieux and then demanded a unification fight against Gennady Golovkin.

The 28-year-old was too strong for his 28-year-old Canadian opponent in Quebec as he ventured outside of Britain for the first time in his career to defend his belt for a third time on Saturday evening.

Lemieux had secured 33 knockouts from 38 bouts going into the showdown, but was condemned to a fourth defeat of his career via a unanimous points decision as the judges scored the fight 120-108, 117-111, 118-110 in favour of Saunders.

You kept saying you wanted my belt when I was 14 stone, out of shape and wasn't in love with boxing. But fight me now.

Billy Joe Saunders

Saunders has now won all 26 of his professional fights and is keen to go up against 35-year-old Golovkin in search of the Kazakh's WBA, WBC, IBF and IBO belts.

"I look easy to whip. I look easy to put down. I look like I could run out of gas," Saunders said. "But you can't hit me. I like to come into someone's backyard because I perform better."

In the build up, the Briton told BBC Radio 5 live he had "fallen out of love with boxing a bit" as his frustration at not facing the top names in the division grew.

On the possibility of facing Golovkin in 2018, Saunders added on BT Sport: "You kept saying you wanted my belt when I was 14 stone, out of shape and wasn't in love with boxing. But fight me now."

Saunders might have to wait until later in the year given that Golovkin is looking to schedule a rematch with the Mexican Canelo Alvarez for 5th May after their first meeting iended in a draw in September.

Golovkin is 8/15 to win the rematch, while Alvarez is priced at 6/4.

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