Andy Lee: Saunders Deserved Win, Knockdowns Cost Me

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former champion Andy Lee admits he was validly beaten by Billy Joe Saunders on December 19th in Manchester. Lee lost his WBO middleweight championship by way of a majority decision. Two judges saw it for Saunders based on scores of 114-112 and 115-111, while a third had it a 113-113 draw.

Lee was able to come on strong in the championship rounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome the third round, where Lee hit the floor twice - and gave Saunders a 10-7 edge when that third bell sounded.

The Irish fighter had no complaints and felt good about his overall performance in the ring. Lee will go back to drawing board with trainer Adam Booth to figure out the next move for his career in 2016. 

“The two knockdowns cost me the fight,” said Lee to Irish News. “He deserved to win so I can’t complain with the decision. I would like another go of it, I felt I finished stronger but the two knockdowns cost me the fight."

For Saunders (23-0, 12KOs), he doesn't rule out the idea of a rematch with Lee down the line. With the title now around his waist, Saunders has become an immediate target among the top names in his division.

“Andy showed a good account of himself,” said Saunders. “I’m sure we could do a bigger venue down in London, that’s something that we could talk about as well.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;16356353]once again this is the uk we ar talkin about..they support their fighters..he just got his belt and they welcomed him he'll have money to make sure it is more money in a eubank jr fight and he's already…

Comment by tiliheels on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=Hougigo;16356335]If he can get the money to do that I can see that... if not, then the Lee rematch is plausible. Saunders isn't exactly the biggest ticket seller[/QUOTE] once again this is the uk we ar talkin about..they support their…

Comment by Hougigo on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=tiliheels;16356323]ok cool, but understand BJ is from the UK...understand he'd much rather fight one of the emojis off to the left of my screen rather than challenging himself again.[/QUOTE] If he can get the money to do that I can…

Comment by Swatty on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=skinnystev;16356219]the fraud canola could not go 3 rounds with billy joe saunders at the full 160 (one hundred and sixty pound) limit easy KO for billy joe[/QUOTE] Right... Saul Alvarez doesn't want to fight any top MW at weight. I…

Comment by tiliheels on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;16355998]Tili has a point, Lee was far too tentative after being knocked down twice. The latter part of the fight was rather boring with both men refusing to commit and trying to box it out, obviously this suited Saunders. Andy…

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