DiBella Offers Clarification on Lee-Saunders Scenario

By Steve Kim

Andy Lee captured the vacant WBO middlweight title on December with a six-round stoppage of Matt Korobov in Las Vegas. His mandatory challenger is the undefeated Billy Joe Saunders from the UK. But there are rumors that Lee could instead be facing Peter Quillin, who infamously vacated this very same belt and turning down a career-high payday of $1.4 million to face Korobov.

When asked bout this situation, Lee's stateside promoter, Lou DiBella, told, "It should resolve itself within the next 48 hours. I'm just waiting on final details with the Billy Joe Saunders people."

DiBella didn't want to comment further, but it's believed that he is trying to work out a step-aside fee for Saunders and his promoter, Frank Warren, and gain clearance from the WBO. A Lee-Quillin fight could be paired with the 143-pound showdown between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson that is slated for April 11th on NBC that is a part of Al Haymon's 'Premiere Boxing Champions' series.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by geokis88 on 02-03-2015

Dibella entertainment is un entertaining. He should go rub the golden gloves in ny.

Comment by KTFO on 02-03-2015

The bigger picture is Lee could unify with Cotto or Golovkin for more money & a better legacy than giving it right back to Quillin. How the WBO could even sanction this is beyond me, the guy went to a…

Comment by PK3434 on 02-03-2015

[QUOTE=artfuL_;15348654]What a joke if Quillin is fighting Lee. I wish Lee would tell him to gtfo.[/QUOTE] Lee is promoted by Dibella and Dibella has basically been reduced to a Haymon employee. DiBella is such a b**ch.

Comment by Cut Man on 02-03-2015

Lee will make allot more money fighting Quillin in NY than he would fighting Saunders in Dublin. The fight is also close to St Patricks Day which is a huge event in the city. There will be no problem selling…

Comment by Hougigo on 02-03-2015

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;15348596]Well in defense of the WBO, Saunders had his chance for an immediate shot at Korobov, but opted stay with the Eubanks fight after Andrade ducked out. Wow, if Haymon's able to lock down the WBO & IBF titles, just…

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