Saunders vs Lemieux for the WBO world middleweight title has been made official today after the WBO president hinted the fight was on earlier.

The WBO president had said negotiations had concluded by both fighter’s representatives but the news was not officially confirmed with all the details until a short time ago.

Saunders vs Lemieux will take place on December 16th at a venue to be confirmed in Montreal, Canada and will be shown live on HBO in the US.

For those in the UK it is expected that it will be shown on either the BoxNation or BT Sports platforms.

The time for the boxing on HBO on the evening is an approximate start time of 9.40pm PT/ET.

Speaking on the fight, Saunders said:

“I’m expecting a good, clean, fair decision. Once I beat Lemieux, I’ll be moving onto bigger fish: the winner of the rematch between Canelo and Golovkin. I’m looking forward to a great fight.”

Lemieux noted:

“Saunders is about to get destroyed. I’m going to be extremely ready for this fight and I’m going to inflict a lot of pain on Saunders. His 0 must go.”

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya added:

“Will Saunders be able to use his speed and craftiness to outbox Lemieux, or will David land a massive shot to end it in short order? We’ll find out December 16.”