Warren confirms Andy Lee title fight postponed again

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

WBO champion Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders pictured in Limerick in July
ANDY Lee’s world title fight against Billy Joe Saunders has been rescheduled for a second time.

ANDY Lee’s world title fight against Billy Joe Saunders has been rescheduled for a second time.

This Tuesday afternoon promoter Frank Warren confirmed that the WBO middleweight title fight was again postponed.

Andy Lee’s mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders sustained a cut above his eye in training and requires time to heal and therefore the October 10 bout in Manchester is postponed.

“Unfortunately Billy Joe Saunders suffered a cut in training and his fight against Andy Lee will be postponed until late November and we’ll be making an announcement about it later,” confirmed promoter Frank Warren, who also manages Saunders.

The latest move comes just three weeks after the world title fight was moved from Limerick’s Thomond Park after a virus hindered Andy Lee’s training.

In July it was announced that Lee was finally to fulfil his dream of defending his world title in the home of Munster rugby.

However, on August 12 the eagerly awaited September 19 world title fight was moved from 34,00 capacity Thomond Park due to the virus picked up by Lee that had hindered his preparations. A new date was immediately set for October 10 in the 21,000 indoor Manchester Arena.

But this Tuesday came another hitch, with confirmation that a cut sustained by Saunders in sparring requires time to fully heal.

The Lee v Saunders fight is now expected to take place in the UK in late November or early December.

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed that the October 10 show will go ahead without the Lee-Saunders world title fight.

Lee could yet box in a none-title warm-up fight on the Manchester card.

The 31 year Castleconnell man was last in the ring in April against Peter Quillin. That New York fight was also to be a title defence but became a non-title fight just 48-hours before the bell when American Quillin failed to make the weight.

As new broke of the latest setback, Limerick hero Lee continued his preparations under the watchful eye of trainer-manager Adam Booth at their base in London. The former St Francis Boxing Club Olympian sparred with Bradley Skeete - the WBO European welterweight champion.