HBO David Lemieux vs Billy Joe Saunders, Antoine Douglas vs Gary O'Sullivan, and Cletus Seldin vs Yves Ulysses Jr.
BY KID HERSH
HBO World Championship Boxing from Place Bell, Laval, Quebec, Canada featured a good tripleheader card.
First up was Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (21-0, 17KO's) vs Yves Ulysses Jr. (14-1, 9KO's). The referee was Alain Villeneuve. The first round was very action packed because it also had a lack of action involved with the action. Midway through the round Seldin hit the canvas after he appeared to be buzzed from a right hand from Ulysses followed by a left hook. Replays would show that it was more of a push and Seldin was not hurt but Ulysses was easily moving and boxing Seldin for the remainder of the round. Seldin was mocking Ulysses, who was moving nonstop and not wanting to engage while Seldin was following him around the ring unable to unload any punches. In the second round Seldin hit the canvas for a second time midway through the round from a right hand to the chin. He got up and while Ulysses was going for the kill Seldin loaded up on a right hand that backed off Ulysses, who simply went back to boxing his man as Seldin seemed to have no answer for his movement and outside boxing. As Jim Lampley said; Seldin is being embarrassed. IN the third round Seldin was once again sent to the canvas midway through the round; keeping the trend going from each previous round. It was a bit more of a push down once again but Seldin is so off balance and awkward at times that they are indeed "legit" knockdowns. Seldin turned up the pressure in the fourth round and had a tiny bit more success - landing a single flush right hand. Seldin simply is not throwing punches or doing anything different with his game plan - not getting any helpful instructions in his corner either. In the seventh round there was a total of 31 punches thrown; causing this to be a real stinker of a fight. The cards came in 99-88 across the board; with the HBO team arguing over how the judges found a single round for Seldin.
Next up was Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16KO's) vs Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (26-2, 18KO's). In the first round it was already starting to turn into a war of trading punches. Douglas was moving but when he throws he is planted, even with his jab as Roy Jones Jr. pointed out. The action continued, with Douglas slowly moving around the ring and stopping to throw while Spike was on his trail and staying busy himself, just waiting for the target to stay still. In the fourth round the action got really heated as the fighters traded left hooks; both showing a great chin. Spike would continue his success, turning the tide of the fight as Douglas looked like he was not only fading but mentally not confident or in the fight much anymore. Spike could not miss with his right hand and in the seventh round he pushed Douglas back into the ropes and landed a series of combination punches that put Douglas down and out. It was a devastating loss for Douglas, who had a shot at the big time here, while Spike suddenly put himself on the map.
Main event time featuring David Lemieux (38-3, 33KO's) vs Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12KO's). The referee was Mike Griffen. In the first round Saunders was moving and boxing beautifully, with Lemieux unable to get in range and get off his punches. The punches that Lemieux was able to uncork fell far short or wide of the mark, as Saunders was gone very quickly. In the second round Saunders was really pouring it on; his jab is the story of the fight as he is constantly putting it in Lemieux's face. He even backed Lemieux into a corner at the end of the round and unleashed a combination on him. Lemieux did not even land a punch in the second round! Lemieux came out in the third round with more pressure and urgency and was able to touch Saunders for the first time in the fight. He did not land anything massive but he was at least able to do something to change the dominating fashion in which Saunders had been winning the fight. Saunders continued dominating the fight with Lemieux unable to land anything flush. Saunders started to clown a bit more in the fifth round; looking out at the crowd as Lemieux missed his punches wildly at times. In the seventh round Saunders started to really pour on the punishment, hurting Lemieux numerous times with his accurate laser-sharp punching. Lemieux was bleeding heavily from the nose and was noticeably affected by the blood and all the clean punches he has been taking. Saunders simply cannot miss and Lemieux cannot hit anything on Saunders. Saunders won the decision via shutout.