What About David Lemieux vs BJ Saunders?



What About David Lemieux vs BJ Saunders?

BJ Saunders needs a dance partner and David Lemieux is also in the looking stage.

After those two got into it on social media, it looked and felt like maybe things could go from the jawing stage to the actual scrapping sphere.

Saunders is promoted by Frank Warren and was supposed to battle to defend his WBO 160 pound crown July 8 against Avtandil Khurtsidze. That went off the rails when two weeks ago the Russian Khurtsidze was swept up in a raid on folks alleged to be dealing in organized crime.

So Saunders is now re-readying himself for combat. He has chosen a date in September, the 16th. And he showed fighting spirit in attending the Monday London presser to hype the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin clash in Las Vegas. That, too, is unfolding on Sept. 16. Saunders got points for trying to stir the pot at the presser, arguably, but he was rebuffed by Canelo, who labeled Saunders portly. And GGG merrily sneered that BJ was offered a scrap with Golovkin, but lost his pen.

Which brings us back to Saunders vs Lemieux. The Canadian sounded ready to rumble, ASAP, when he sent out this social media smackdown aimed at BJ.

So I checked in with Eric Gomez of Golden Boy, Lemieux' promoter.

Is this something that could happen, banger Lemieux (38-3; age 28; last fought in a May) against Saunders (24-0; age 27; fought once in 2016, hasn't fought in 2017), the Traveller with a sharp mouth and enough talent to bring him the ‘BO strap?

“Someday,” Gomez replied.

“It's not being worked on currently,” he added. “We have many ideas for Lemieux but nothing immediate.”

Fans, you have any wish list for Lemieux? And for that matter, Saunders?

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.