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Saunders vs Lemieux: Fighters make weight with some drama

Everyone is ready for tomorrow night’s HBO tripleheader.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux both made weight today in Laval, Quebec, ahead of tomorrow night’s WBO middleweight title fight on HBO, with Saunders defending his belt.

Both men came in at the limit of 160 pounds, but not without some dramatics. Lemieux (38-3, 33 KO) took the scale in his underpants first, then stripped bare to weigh in. After Lemieux was announced at 160, Saunders’ trainer Dominic Ingle virulently demanded that Lemieux get back on the scale and weigh in again.

Lemieux did, for the record, and it came back 160 once more. Saunders (25-0, 12 KO) by this point was shouting in Lemieux’s direction, too, talking trash before he stripped down before even taking the scales the first time, quickly weighing in at 160, with nobody from Lemieux’s team protesting.

The two televised undercard bouts are also good to go. Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO) weighed in at 159.2 pounds, with Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KO) coming in at 158.8 for their middleweight fight.

Cletus Seldin (21-0, 17 KO) and Yves Ulysse Jr (14-1, 9 KO) are also set for their catchweight bout, taking place just north of the 140-pound limit with a 142-pound contract weight. Seldin weighed in at 141.6, with Ulysse at 141.2.

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