RETURNING boxing champion Andy Lee is expected to arrive home to Limerick this coming Wednesday.
While the schedule has yet to be officially confirmed, it is expected that the Castleconnell boxer, who won the WBO Middleweight boxing title on Saturday night, will arrive into Shannon from America this Wednesday, with a homecoming to take place in the city, coordinated by Limerick’s local authority.
The 30-year-old Castleconnell man beat the previously undefeated Matt Korobov in the biggest fight of his career in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
It is understood that there will be an official homecoming organised through Limerick City and County Council to greet the champion boxer.
“Contact is being made this morning. It looks at this stage as if it will be on Wednesday. The plan is to give a big Limerick welcome, set up a stage and have big crowds out to greet him,” said a source at Limerick City Hall.
The Limerick man vowed in the aftermath of his startling victory that he would defend his title in Ireland.
“It’s gotta be in Ireland - that’s the biggest sell and the biggest possible arena for it,” he said.
“I am the champ and I am not going outside of Ireland.
“I am a champion and I want to defend my belt in Ireland and I will fight the best in the world,” added the former St Francis Boxing Club Olympian.
The mandatory challenge for the WBO belt is England’s Billy Joe Saunders.
“I will fight anybody - I fear no one. If he wants to fight me, he can come to me,” said Lee.
While many will hope that Thomond Park and even the Gaelic Grounds would be considered potential venues, it is understood that the 3Arena in Dublin would be best positioned to host the title defence.
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