David Lemieux, left, of Laval, Quebec, takes a right to the jaw from champion Billy Joe Saunders, of Britain, during their WBO middleweight boxing title match in Laval, Quebec, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders threw down the gauntlet to four-belt champion Gennady Golovkin with a systematic dismantling of David Lemieux in his North American professional boxing debut Saturday.Saunders holds the only world title in his weight class that is not in the hands of Golovkin.Saunders relied on his ring savvy and hand speed to bloody and disarm the explosive punching power of Lemieux, who had 33 knockouts in 38 victories heading into Saturday's contest at the Place Bell arena in Laval, Quebec.Saunders said he owes everything to his new coach Dominic Ingle.Saunders (26-0, 12 knockouts) made the third defense of the title he won by outpointing Ireland's Andy Lee two years ago.Lemieux's best round was the third but he failed to do any serious damage to Saunders, landing just 67 overall punches to 165 for the champion.
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