Andy Lee’s WBO title defence against Billy Joe Saunders, which has already been postponed on two separate occasions, finally has a new date.
The mouth-watering middleweight melee, that has a times seemed doomed, is set to take place in the Manchester Arena on December 19th.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) October 10, 2015
It is exciting news for both fighters, and indeed boxing fans, who have endured a frustrating few months. In the aftermath of the announcement, Lee and Saunders have expressed their desire to put recent events behind them and concentrate on the business at hand.
The champion spoke about how the lengthy period of uncertainty has only motivated him even more.
“The delay in the fight between me and Saunders has just made me more determined, if that is possible. Once I have beaten him on the 19th December I can move on in my career and unify the titles. My fans have been very patient and I’ll give them what they have been waiting for as a Christmas present, beating Saunders and remaining world champion. I’m a proud man and I’m prepared to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep my title. Saunders is in for the fight of his life.”
The Englishman conveyed a similar sentiment.
“Like Lee I just want to get in the ring and fight. We’ve talked and talked for months, now we just want to fight. I gave him the chance to fight for the world against Korobov when I stepped aside so now I want my chance. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here now and nobody is going to stop me. This isn’t going to be a Merry Christmas for him, more like the Nightmare Before Christmas. We’re both fighting men and one of us isn’t going to be standing at the end, and that won’t be me.”
H/T to FightNews for transcriptions.
It is a huge fight, made even more important by the recent rush of activity in the scintillating 160lb division. The WBO title is up for grabs, but more importantly there are some major marquee bouts out there for the winner.