Is Billy Joe Saunders good enough to beat Gennady Golovkin?
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Billy Joe Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a dominant performance over David Lemieux in Montreal this past weekend. Saunders travelled to his opponent’s backyard with new trainer Dominic Ingle to defend his title for the third time. Lemieux, a native Canadian and renowned knockout artist, failed to land a punch of note as the champion outclassed the hometown favourite over 12 rounds. The British champion was masterful inside the ring. He controlled the distance beautifully from his southpaw stance and forced the challenger to often miss wildly, before countering with hard jabs and quick combinations. Immediately after the fight, Saunders called out Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin. The Kazakh currently holds all the remaining world titles in the division; with the WBA, WBC and IBF straps to his name. Golovkin has been linked with Saunders for some time now, as both men have frequently challenged one another in the past on social media. However, the fight never materialised, and the hard-hitting Golovkin fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez instead in September 2017, which ended in a disputed draw.
Above: 'GGG' has already defeated Danny Jacobs, who is likely to be Saunders' next opponent.Triple G, who scored a knockout victory over Lemieux in 2015, is rumoured to be rematching Canelo in May next year. But following the impressive display from Saunders over the weekend, fight fans are calling for a showdown between the two in order to determine the dominant middleweight champion. But should Golovokin overcome Canelo in the spring, how would Saunders fair against the Kazakh puncher?
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