Now that WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders easily dismantled David Lemieux — in what was thought to be a toss-up fight which turned out to be anything but — he thinks he might've looked a little too impressive for either Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin to want any parts of him, telling WBN:
“I’ll give them a boxing lesson. The bookies and some others claimed this was a 50-50 fight against Lemieux and it was nothing but a money-maker for punters who know a good bet when they see one.
“Performances like that scare the likes of Canelo and Golovkin off. When you perform like that and you look like you’re a million dollars, they don’t want a piece of it.”
Saunders credits trainer Dominic Ingle for whipping him into pristine condition and making him fall back in love with the sport, something he believes makes him a much more dangerous fighter.
Anthony Fitzpatrick of MTK Global, who manages Saunders, says the company will be attempting to do everything in their power to make a big fight against either Canelo or Golovkin in the coming year and prove that Saunders is the best 160-pounder in the sport. And truthfully, you can't completely discount Saunders chances. When dialed-in he has a slick, awkward style that features enough movement to give just about anyone a difficult time.
So after Saunders latest performance, how many of you would favor him to beat Canelo? And how about Golovkin?