Billy Joe Saunders retains WBO belt after beating David Lemieux in Canada

Things heated up at the weigh-in ahead of Billy Joe Saunders WBO middleweight title defence

He picked off the Canadian for the first half of the fight and then punished...

Lemieux waded in and threw a big right that not just missed the target, but nearly ended up outside the ring.

Saunders was typically unapologetic after the result, while Lemieux blamed a damaged left hand for the loss and the fact his opponent "ran" all night.

It left the commentators in stitches, but the raucous Canadian crowd showed their anger with the taunting by booking the Sheffield-based fighter.

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Billy Joe Saunders revelled in his victory over David Lemieux but expressed concerns his display was so good he may have discouraged the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez from future bouts.

Saunders (26-0) made a third defence of the title the British fighter won from Andy Lee in 2015 and showed he could be a force in the division that is now ruled by stars Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

On paper, Saunders faces a hard task against a man who is on a four-fight winning streak since losing to Gennady Golovkin in 2015.

But Saunders was excellent on the back foot and timed his footwork to perfection to make Lemieux continually miss.

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Saunders delighted in Lemieux's misfire and peered into the crowd to see where the punch might have landed.

The seventh round showcased Saunders' dominance, the Brit landing numerous blows to a bleeding Lemieux.

The Englishman was a convincing victor on all the judges' scorecards - 120-108, 117-111, 118-110 - as he meted out the fourth defeat of Lemieux's career.

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