Saunders vs. Lemiuex: Round By Round Boxing Coverage
On Saturday, December 16, 2017, Billy Joe Saunders took on David Lemieux live on HBO.
Saunders dominated Lemieux over 12 one-sided rounds to retain his WBO Middleweight title.
Check out the full card results below.
Saunders vs. Lemieux Live Boxing Results
Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux
Saunders, the slick southpaw, lands consistently throughout an evenly matched first frame. Lemieux picks up steam entering R2, however, earning Saunders’ respect with heavy right hands. Saunders connects with the fight’s most significant punch in R2, a left straight that appears to stun Lemieux.
Saunders continues stalking Lemieux in R3, landing well to the body while avoiding David’s power punches. Saunders is having little trouble avoiding Lemieux’s power punches in R4. David’s always a knockout threat, but he may be down 4-0 entering the fifth.
More of the same in the fifth; Lemieux was led around the ring for much of the frame without landing significant strikes. The crowd accuses BJS of running, but he looks to be hitting his stride entering the sixth.
Saunders wins a 12-round UD.
Antoine Douglas vs. Gary O’Sullivan
Round one likely goes to O’Sullivan; the cagey veteran took advantage of Douglas dropping his hands on a few occasions. Spike is the aggressor in the second frame, getting Douglas against the ropes and punishing the body. Antoine begins to make his presence felt toward the end of the round, but I’ve got it 2-0 Spike.
This has been a grueling affair in the fourth round. Spike’s bread-and-butter has been plodding forward, and focusing on Douglas’ midsection. Douglas absorbs a sharp left hand at the end of R4, and looks to be down 4-0.
Douglas was up on my scorecard in the 7th round, before the Irishman took matters into his own hands; stopping Douglas with a series of left and right hands. That’s a wrap on Douglas’ status as a prospect.
Cletus Seldin vs. Yves Ulysse Jr.
Each fighter kept a conservative approach out of the gate, until a series of right hands from Ulysse Jr. earned a knockdown. Seldin appeared to be hurt, but rebounded to wing right hooks at his speedy opponent. Yves Ulysse Jr. is looking SHARP through two rounds. Has already earned a pair of knockdowns, appears to have an athleticism advantage over the Hebrew Hammer.
We start Round 3, and Seldin hits the canvas for a THIRD time! Disastrous start for the Long Island native. Seldin dropped his mouthguard shortly after the knockdown, and uses the time to regain his composure, eventually making it to the bell.
Seldin shows frustration with his corner at the end of Round 4, as Ulysse Jr is staying out of the range of his power punches. In Round 5, Ulysse Jr only continues outclassing Seldin, exposing his difficulty in cutting the ring off. Seldin landed an impressive right hand in R5, and rallied back in an even sixth frame. However, he’s still down big on scorecards and will almost certainly need a stoppage to come away with a W.
Ulysse decisively wins Round 8, and Seldin is getting routed on scorecards in our final two frames. Brilliant showing from Ulysse, as he takes three 99-88 scorecards.
Vincent Thibault vs. Adrian Haro Campos
Thibault has an impressive contingent cheering him on at Place Bell. In a southpaw-on-southpaw clash, Thibault has largely used a measured style followed by brief flurries. Thibault takes a hard fall toward the end of Round 2, as his feet got crossed up throwing a left hand.
We go to the scorecards after four rounds of action, and Thibault takes three 40-36 scorecards, improving to 2-0 in his young career. Four straight shutout decisions to close out the prelims!
Batyrzhan Jukembayev vs. Wilberth Lopez
Jukembayev is testing Lopez’s chin early and often, landing several consecutive left hands in Round 4.
Batyrzhan Jukembayez (10-0) putting the gloves on Wilberth Lopez 😬 pic.twitter.com/jg3tuKOPdo
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Wilberth Lopez (20-8) deserves credit for hanging in with Batyrzhan Jukembayev. The undefeated Kazakh has landed left hooks that would have put away lesser opponents. We head to scorecards, and have our third straight shutout UD of the night. Batyrzhan Jukembayev (11-0) earns three 80-72 scorecards over Wilberth Lopez (10-9). Jukembayev is a prospect to keep an eye on at light welterweight.
Custio Clayton vs. Cristian Rafael Coria
The undefeated Custio Clayton looks to claim the vacant WBO International Welterweight Title, last held by Lucas Matthysse. Coria was slow to emerge from his corner to start Round 2, perhaps a sign of things to come. Clayton, who underwent a management change prior to this bout, is landing at will against his plodding opponent. Coria “forgot” to apply his mouthguard prior to Round 5, helping buy a bit of recovery time.
Clayton dominated rounds 6-8, albeit without landing significant power punches. The former Canadian olympian turned up the heat in rounds 9-10, however, scoring one knockdown in each round. Coria gritted out to the final bell, however. Clayton’s bid for WBO gold was successful, earning three 100-88 scorecards.
Mathieu Germain vs. Juan Garcia Mendez
Germain’s superior ring movement helped him coast in the first round, but the durable Mendez turned this into a slugfest in rounds 2 & 3. Germain’s class has helped him move ahead on scorecards in rounds 4-7. Germain is an entertaining fighter, switching stances frequently while mixing up blows to the body and head. While Mendez showboated early on- smiling after eating Germain’s punches- it was Mathieu doing the gloating in later rounds. Germain improved to 12-0 with three 80-72 scorecards.
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Kim Clavel vs. Yoseline Martinez Jose
Amateur standout Kim Clavel makes her professional debut against a veteran of five pro bouts. At the end of four two-minute rounds, the judges render 40-36 X2, 39-37 scorecards. The scoring disparity wasn’t indicative of how competitive the bout was, however. Clavel was in tough in her first professional bout.
Nicola Adams vs. Soledad Macedo
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Nicola Adams swarmed Soledad Macedo from the opening bell until her third-round stoppage at 1:26. Two-minute rounds only helped prolong the beating Adams inflicted on Macedo. Nicola improves to 3-0, and looks primed for a step-up in competition.
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Steven Butler vs. Lanardo Tyner
Steven Butler, whose only career defeat ended in an all-out melee, finished Tyner with a vicious uppercut at 2:29 of Round 2. Tyner, who owns wins over Vivian Harris and Charles Hatley, absorbs his first career stoppage defeat.
Ryan Garcia vs. Noe Martinez Raygoza
The highly touted prospect Ryan Garcia lands a flush right hand early in Round 1, getting the southpaw Raygoza’s attention. Raygoza is game and appears to have a solid chin, though he lost the first frame handily. Garcia continues stalking his prey in Round 2, pummeling Raygoza’s body and head at will. The crafty Raygoza swings a clubbing right hand from the orthodox stance, connecting with some success. In R3, this appears to be Garcia’s fight to lose, though his KO streak may be in jeopardy.
While Garcia is dictating the action, the 19-year-old is clearly in tough. Raygoza has been nocked out three times before, but isn’t playing the role of pushover against the Golden Boy prospect. Round 5 ends with a big flurry from Garcia, but Raygoza is still standing entering R6. Garcia was on the verge of going the distance before flooring Raygoza in R8, earning a TKO at 1:45.
Simon Kean vs. Mike Sheppard
Heavyweights Mike Sheppard & Simon Kean get us started. The 11-0 Kean leads with a stiff left jab, appearing to hurt the journeyman. Sheppard hits the deck midway through the round, but it is ruled a slip. Kean lands a decisive knockdown at the end of the round, however, and Sheppard just barely beats the count. Kean pounces on Sheppard with a right cross in the second round, scoring a TKO 39 seconds into the frame. Kean improves to 12-0, while Sheppard- who lost to James Toney earlier this year- falls to 25-22-2.
Milo Taibi is a freelance journalist from Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in SLAM Magazine, Complex, Yahoo! Sports, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MiloTaibi.