Andy Lee-Saunders Will Be Special Night, Says Booth

By Terence Dooley

Andy Lee’s mandatory WBO middleweight title defence against Billy Joe Saunders has now been officially announced for September 19 in Limerick, Ireland.  Adam Booth, Lee’s trainer and manager, worked tirelessly to secure home advantage and was confident of getting it for his charge when negotiating with Frank Warren, who promotes Saunders.

“Upton Park was the venue Frank wanted to nominate, I nominated Thomond Park,” said Booth when speaking to the Daily Mirror (Irish Edition).

“We had to negotiate with each other and that is what we did.  I never would or have made a fight that I didn't think my man will win.  I think Andy will win and I'm confident.  I'm excited about the challenge that Billy Joe brings.  Billy Joe will be the fourth unbeaten fighter in a row that Andy has fought.  Unbeaten fighters are always a special challenge.”

Lee’s hat trick of undefeated opponents were John Jackson (KO 5), Matt Korobov (TKO 6) and Peter Quillin (D 12).  The  31-year-old won the vacant WBO belt when beating Korobov, moved to 34-2-1 (24) against Quillin and will hope to retain his title against Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs).

“Billy has been mandatory challenger for quite a while,” stated Booth.  “He stepped aside to allow Andy fight Matt Korobov and to fight Peter Quillin and now is his time.  We respect that and we respect the special challenge that Billy Joe will bring.  A fight for a world title in a football ground is as big as it gets.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FrankieBruno on 06-22-2015

good scrap i got lee by stoppage

Comment by Hougigo on 06-22-2015

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;15812132]Hope they put Chris Eubank vs Gary O'Sullivan on the undercard.[/QUOTE] That would be decent. Anyway, hoping for a Lee win

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 06-22-2015

Saunders is very good, I hope Lee can warrior this one out though! He is such a good dude!

Comment by Sparked_26 on 06-22-2015

[QUOTE=TAZ-G;15812310]Saunders is overrated smh[/QUOTE] I don't think he is tbh. He is a very good boxer. I am a Lee fan but I expect there will be large periods of the fight where he will be getting out worked and…

Comment by TAZ-G on 06-22-2015

Saunders is overrated smh

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