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You might not care for Billy Joe Saunders’s mouth, but the respect is likely there after last night’s virtuoso performance against slugger David Lemieux. Saunders exploited Lemiuex’s limited offensive arsenal with a southpaw jab, feints and movement to score a unanimous decision win and clear the path as a potential opponent for the winner of the Canelo-Golovkin rematch.

NO CONTEST FROM ROUND ONE: I’ll admit it — Lemieux fooled me once again. Having covered his career since he was a hot prospect and been ringside for several of his fights, I thought he might have finally turned the corner. The win over Hassan N’Dam made me think he’d finally figured out how to intelligently cut off the ring and break down elusive fighters.

But I quickly discovered within the first minute that at the highest level, Lemieux is missing the versatility to compete. Saunders rendered Lemieux’s massive power impotent with his movement and made him pay with stinging counters. Lemieux wasn’t just missing his power shots by inches. At times he was several feet out of range and clumsily fell off balance. Saunders even mocked him by looking into the crowd to see where Lemieux was punching at.

NOT A RUNNER: Despite getting a few rounds from his hometown judges, you can argue this was a complete shutout. Lemieux looked embarrassed afterward and tried to characterize Saunders as a runner. The retort to that claim was written in the bruises on Lemieux’s face and the blood that was splattered all over the canvas. Lemieux was a bloody mess from Saunders’ jab and straight left halfway through the fight, and the only reason he wasn’t KO’d is due to the champion not possessing a big knockout punch.

NEW OPPONENT OPPORTUNITIES: This was the masterclass performance Saunders needed for fans to take him seriously again. His inactivity and lackluster performances since defeating Chris Eubank had many looking at him like a title placeholder rather than a legit champ. Now, you can see him posing problems for other HBO fighters like Danny Jacobs, Demetrius Andrade, and yes, even the cash cows Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. With the latter two likely to rematch this May, I could see Saunders targeting Jacobs despite the Eddie Hearn/Frank Warren promotional riff. It could do well in the UK, and it’s a much more fan-friendly fight stylistically than Andrade.

But if Saunders had his way, he’d be facing Golovkin. He claimed Golovkin only wanted him last year because he saw him as an easy mark. Now that Saunders is training under Brenden Ingle, he feels he’s at the peak of his powers. We might not see a GGG showdown, but I love the confidence and last night’s bout shows that a focused Saunders won’t be an easy night for anyone.

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UNDERCARD RESULTS

GARY “SPIKE” O’SULLIVAN TKO7 ANTOINE DOUGLAS: This one was tough to watch once you realized what was happening. At his best, Douglas was a solid technical boxer with a good punch. O’Sullivan realized that and made it an attrition fight, constantly invading Douglas’ range with a counter right hand and hammering him on the ropes. Douglas’ defense was extremely disconcerting as O’Sullivan clocked him with right hand after right hand. As early as the first round, commentator Roy Jones spoke on how Douglas was the making a fatal mistake of leaving his jab out there and not protecting against the right hand.

The punishment culminated to a frightful end in the seventh when O’Sullivan brutalized a defenseless Douglas. He took about 3-4 unnecessary flush shots before falling to the canvas. Although he’s only 25, Douglas would be wise to consider hanging up the gloves. He was left in there too long against Avtandil Khurtsidze last year, and that fight appears to have done permanent damage, not to mention last night’s beating doing no favors.

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ULYSSE JR. UD10 CLETUS SELDIN: The HBO investment in Cletus Seldin has hit a pothole right out the gate. After an entertaining beatdown on Robert Ortiz last month, Seldin sought to have a quick turnaround last night against relative unknown Yves Ulysse Jr. It was supposed to be a showcase for the Hebrew Hammer, who instead got an Erislandy Lara type schooling to the tune of three suffered knockdowns and a lopsided decision loss (88-99 across the board).

It wasn’t always pretty as Ulysse moved a lot and shunned engagement in the middle rounds. But when he did stand his ground, he either put Seldin on his backside with counter shots or forced him to retreat. Ulysse showed smart strategy in walking the bullish Seldin into uppercuts or clocking him with overhand rights.

Matched correctly, Seldin can still be an opening card attraction. And I’m sure HBO is grateful to have this early exposure before investing significant money.

 

 

 

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VERONA, NY — We’re only in March, but it’s unlikely David Lemieux’s knockout of Curtis Stevens will be topped for the rest of the year.

The two powerful sluggers did what they do best — go for the kill. Lemieux came out throwing right-hand bombs through Stevens’s guard, while the Brooklynite tried to catch and counter with hard left hooks. Lemieux’s chopping right hand hurt Stevens twice over the final minute and allowed the Canadian to abuse him on the ropes with digging body shots.

Lemieux controlled the second round with the same aggression and higher punch output. As the pace slowed in the third, Lemieux came in with a right hand and beat Stevens to the punch with a short left for the fight-ending knockout.


The high-profile KO puts the Golden Boy promoted in contention to face Canelo Alvarez should the Mexican star emerge victorious against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May and not be able to make a Gennady Golovkin super fight in September.

GAMBOA RETURNS WITH DECISION WIN: Yuriorkis Gamboa ended a year-plus sabbatical with a unanimous decision win over Rene Alvarado.  Scores read 97-93 and 97-92 twice.

 

 

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VERONA, NY — Knockout artists David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens both made the middleweight limit comfortably today for Saturday’s Boxing After Dark main event from the Turning Stone Resort Casino.

Since losing the IBF middleweight title to Gennady Golovkin in November 2015, Lemieux has reeled off two straight victories. He knocked off Glen Tapia in four rounds last May, and scored a unanimous decision over Cristian Fabian Rios in October. Lemieux weighed in at 159 pounds.

Curtis Stevens has gone 4-1 since being stopped in eight rounds in 2013. The other loss was a wide decision to Hassan N’Dam in October 2014. Since then, Curtis has scored a second round TKO over Patrick Teixeira, and hard-fought 10-round decision over James De La Rosa last November. Stevens weighed in at 158 pounds.

PREDICTION: If any fight could be dubbed bombs away, it’s this one. Both guys have massive power and can hurt each other. When looking at intangibles, Lemieux is the bigger man and a bit more versatile with his offense. Expect both guys to get hurt and possibly dropped with the more aggressive Lemieux taking a late stoppage.

GAMBOA VS. ALVARADO: Yuriorkis Gamboa will make his first ring appearance since December 2015 tomorrow night. Gamboa tipped the scales at 131 pounds for this lightweight contest. He has only fought twice since losing by TKO to Terence Crawford in June 2014, defeating Joel Montes de Oca (TKO6) and Hylon Williams Jr. (UD10).

Rene Alvarado comes into tomorrow night 2-2 over his last 4 fights. Alvarado bounced back from consecutive losses to Andrew Cancio (KO8) and Manuel Avila (UD10) to win a split decision over Jayson Velez (SD10) last July.

The HBO Boxing After Dark card airs tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET.

 

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We all knew this fight was all wrong for Glen Tapia. Nearly a year out of the ring. Coming off a bad KO loss. First time at a new weight. Said first time being against one of the biggest punchers in the division.

Everyone knew except Glen Tapia, who found out just how bad a situation he was in when Lemieux started peppering him with left hooks and straight rights in the first time. Tapia had no reaction time and failed to throw a significant counter shot during the half-dozen instances of Lemieux landing combinations on him.

In the second, Tapia tried to up his punch output but Lemieux barely blinked. In the last minute, Tapia looked out on his feet after getting cracked up and downstairs with hooks. Round three also saw Tapia’s head spun with hooks from both Lemieux’s fists.

Fourth round had Lemieux bringing uppercuts into the equation. Tapia was felled by a left hook while trying to trade. He beat the count and was ready to resume when trainer Freddie Roach threw in the towel. As expected, Tapia was completely shocked.

“I was losing every round,” Tapia admitted afterward. “I felt slow. I couldn’t get off and felt tired.”

The only other logical outcome was Tapia unconscious on the floor. In due time, maybe he’ll come to accept his trainer did that so he could leave the ring with some dignity. Considering Glen’s comments about feeling lethargic, it would be dangerous to put him with more top guys. Retirement should be strongly considered.


 

 

 

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CURTIS STEVENS TKO2 PATRICK TEIXEIRA: Curtis Stevens lived up to his new “Cerebral Assassin” by quickly dissecting Patrick Teixeira.

Stevens was active on the inside and easily countered Teixeira with heavy power shots. Teixeira was hurt in the first and spent most of the round holding. In the second, he tried to get the jab working to establish distance. Stevens easily breached Teixeira’s guard and dropped him with a vicious right hook counter over a sloppy Teixeira left hand. Teixeira got to his feet by was too dazed to continue.

Teixiera came into this fight with a glossy 26-0  (22 KOs) record. Golden Boy was using this fight to test the Brazlian’s potential in the division. Don’t be surprised if Golden Boy cuts their losses.

As for Stevens, he has new life and is a good choice for the winner of tonight’s Lemieux-Tapia bout.

“The name of the game is to knock people out and that’s what I did tonight,” said Curtis Stevens. “I feel great to get back into the game after my one and a half year break. I really want Lemieux, but I will take whatever I can get. My head is right, and I’m ready to take on whoever.”

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LAS VEGAS — There were no weight hiccups in Vegas today as main eventers Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan both weighed at their agreed upon catchweight of 155 pounds. Both men looked solid at the weight.

 

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Glen Tapia looked the part of a middleweight tipping the scales at ripped 159.5 pounds. David Lemieux, who previously failed to make weight in March against James De La Rosa, made it at 160.

 

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Frankie Gomez’s past weigh-in demons didn’t surface as he came in at 146. Mauricio Herrera weighed in at 145.5. The contracted weight for this bout is 146.

 

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A clearly cold Patrick Teixiera weighed 159, while veteran Curtis Stevens tipped the scales at 160.

 

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The funniest weigh-in moment came courtesy of Shane Mosley protege Rocco Santomauro against Diego De La Hoya. Santomauro got on the scale eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, showing his confidence in making weight. He did so at a weight of 121. De La Hoya was 122.

 

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Jason Quigley weighed 160 while James De La Rosa came in at 162.

The HBO card begins Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Preliminary fights will be streamed live on BeatsBoxingMayhem starting at 7 p.m ET.

 

 

 

 

 

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BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of today’s weigh-in for Canelo vs. Amir Khan. The stream begins coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET and includes all undercard fights. Tomorrow starting at 7 p.m. ET, we will be providing a stream for all the preliminary, non pay-per-view bouts on the card.