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Video: Andy Lee on The Loss To Billy Joe Saunders

Video By Declan Taylor

NEW YORK – Billy Joe Saunders dethroned WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy Lee with a 12-round majority decision Saturday on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL from Manchester, England.  

The fight, which was scored 115-111, 114-112 and 113-113.

In a matchup of tactical southpaws, an explosive third round from Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) was the difference.  The British challenger floored Lee twice – first with a big right hook and again with a counter right just 30 seconds later – and a dazed Lee somehow survived the 10-7 round.

The Irish Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) fought his way back and was the more aggressive fighter in the championship rounds, but it wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start and the two knockdowns.  

With the win, Saunders became the 12th current British world champion.  

“I’m world champion,” Saunders said.   “I beat a good champion today, a good sturdy champion.  I used his power against him.  When I was boxing he got a little bit careless and dropped his lead hand and I caught him with the hook. 

“I’m not going to start running my mouth, but it was a good shot.  With someone as fast as me you have to keep your hands up.  I’m not the biggest puncher in the world, but I showed you there that I can punch.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by buddylove13 on 12-20-2015

Super classy on both ends. I enjoy the trolling and trash talking but it is nice to see this on occasion.

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