Andy Lee to defend WBO World title against Billy Joe Saunders on December 19

Andy Lee
Andy Lee

Andy Lee’s world title fight with Billy Joe Saunders has been rearranged for a third time with the clash finally taking place at the Manchester Arena on December 19.

An initial bout scheduled in Limerick in September was postponed because WBO champion Lee came down with a viral infection while Saunders’ cut eye was the reason for the initial date change, which was supposed to take place on Saturday night in Manchester.

Lee said: “Once I have beaten him on December 19 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.”