Sunday, 22 October 2017 00:00

Lemieux vs Saunders odds: Out of sync?

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Former IBF Middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) will compete for the WBO 160 pound belt against reigning titlist Billy Joe Saunders on December 16.  Despite being the title challenger, the 28 year old puncher is slated to fight for the coveted distinction at the Bell Centre in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Golden Boy Promotions/Frank Warren event will be presented by HBO World Championship Boxing, with the winner possibly taking on either Canelo or Golovkin in 2018.

The current world champion remains undefeated in his professional campaign, and has an impressive record of 25 wins, no losses, with 13 victories by way of knock-out.  Even after putting forth an unappealing but victorious effort against perennial contender Willie Monroe Jr. last month, most experts believe a style match-up opposite an effective aggressor like Lemieux will bring out the best in the Saunders.

Because the 28 year old champion is indeed a slick, southpaw counter-puncher, interested observers are expecting to see an all-action affair, with many opportunities for Saunders to land clean, effective shots.

The scheduled twelve round contest will be Lemieux's opportunity to grab championship gold for a second time.  The hard-punching "Canuck" originally won the IBF world title in a "Fight of the Year" candidate back in June of 2015 against former interim world titlist Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, in which David floored the French based fighter four times en route to scoring a wide, unanimous decision victory.

Lemieux subsequently lost the title just four months later to current world champion and pound for pound fighter Gennady Golovkin in front of a capacity crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden.  The former belt holder was stopped by GGG in the eighth stanza of their scheduled twelve round affair.

So what are the Lemieux vs Saunders odds?

According to betfair and Paddy Power, the champion is a slight favorite to retain his title. As of October 22, both bookies make Saunders the 8/11 favorite and Lemieux the 11/10 underdog.

But should Lemieux be the favorite 
due to his sizeable advantage in power and because he's fighting at home?

Moreover, Saunders has never faced anyone like Lemieux before.

After seeing Canelo and Golovkin fight to a disappointing and controversial twelve round draw on 
September 16, fight fans around the globe are hoping for an action-filled scrap with a decisive winner either way.  

Most experts believe fans will ultimately get their wish on December 16.  

Expect an official announcement from Golden Boy Promotions later this week.