The power punchers meet at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in what will be one of the chief support bouts to the WBA-WBC middleweight title rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
The pair have exchanged words in the weeks and days leading into the fight but Lemieux was considered to have gone too far when he revealed his desire to cause lasting damage to the Mahon man.
While 34-year-old O’Sullivan [28(20)-2(1)] is known for his trash-talk – and indeed sent an expletive-laden rant the way of Lemieux at the press conference last night – he did not lower himself to what was said by the Montreal fighter.
Responding to Lemieux’s off-colour claims, O’Sullivan noted how “it shows what kind of man he is. He’s classless.”
“Saying he’s going to ‘damage’ me? I never go into a fight to damage someone permanently. People have got children, family, they’ve got mothers and fathers. It’s a gentleman’s sport at the end of the day. We get in the ring to have a fight and to win the fight, knock the guy out, but not permanently damage him. ”
“It’s not a nice thing to be saying. You have to carry yourself in a gentlemanly way, it’s not a comment a boxer should make.”
“I saw him when he knocked out Curtis Stevens, he’s a classless guy, he’s a scumbag. I always wait until I know my opponent is okay before I celebrate. ”
“Saturday night will be his last fight, he should have retired before now, he’s been beaten on many occasions.
While 29-year-old Lemieux [39(33)-4(2)] is the younger man, O’Sullivan feels he is the fighter on the upward trajectory.
The Leesider is predicting a dominant win and explained how “he’s on the way down, I’m on the way up,”.
“I can feel the fear in him when I walk towards him, I can feel the weakness in him. I’m the stronger man, he thinks he’s the bigger puncher but he’s in for a shock. I’m going to fuck him right up.”
“He was absolutely obliterated by GGG in the past, he didn’t win a round. It doesn’t matter anyway. He’s a greaseball who has been embarrassed on numerous occasions.”
“He’s a scumbag.”