Saunders dominates Lemieux to retain WBO middleweight title

Billy Joe Saunders, right, of Britain, lands a punch on David Lemieux, of Canada, during their WBO middleweight boxing title in Laval, Quebec, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

LAVAL, Quebec (AP) Billy Joe Saunders toyed with frustrated David Lemieux in his hometown for a one-sided victory in a successful World Boxing Organization middleweight title defense Saturday night.

Saunders (26-0) made a third defense of the title the British fighter won from Andy Lee in 2015 and showed he could be a force in the division that is currently ruled by stars Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

Lemieux (38-3), a former International Boxing Federation champion, fell short in his bid to become the first Canadian since Arturo Gatti to win a second title.