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Saunders v Lee postponed – show goes on with Flanagan, Smith

Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO World Middleweight title challenge against champion Andy Lee on Saturday 10th October has had to be postponed after Saunders received a cut eye in sparring.

The show will still go ahead with all-action Manchester hero Terry Flanagan making the first defence against Diego Magdaleno and Liverpool’s Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight title challenge against John Thompson. Continue reading

WW3: Andy Lee-Billy Joe Saunders Hit by Yet More Bad Luck / Billy Joe Cut in Sparring/ Off Until November

The fabled ‘luck of the Irish’ has hardly been with the Emerald Isle’s WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee – or for that matter, with veteran British promoter Frank Warren, ahead Lee’s much-anticipated clash with Hatfield’s mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders – that was due to take place in Manchester, England, on Oct 10th.

The fight has now had to be postponed AGAIN, after already moving back 3 weeks from Limerick, Ireland (Lee’s hometown) – ostensibly due to a ‘virus’ suffered by the champion – and following this second unfortunate drama – a cut sustained by Saunders in sparring -it looks like fans will be waiting until NOVEMBER to see them get it on.

Today’s drama had stemmed from the following tweet from Frank Warren; Continue reading

Lee Overwhelmed At ‘Irish Invasion’ As He Looks Forward To Manchester Showdown

Boxing star Andy Lee has been overwhelmed at the number of Irish fans set to travel to Manchester for his world title clash with Billy Joe Saunders.

The WBO middleweight world champion defends his title against the unbeaten Londoner in an Ireland versus England showdown and has been taken aback at the number of fans snapping up tickets for the October 10th Manchester Arena clash. Continue reading

Andy Lee: Venue Switch Can Potentially Change the Game / Fight “Closer” Than Before

After a venue switch from Thomond Park in his Limerick, Ireland hometown, to the Manchester Arena in England, WBO middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee has conceded that the dynamic of his October 10th fight with Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders has ostensibly shifted, now that it is the challenger, rather than Lee himself, who will be on “home” soil.

The “party line” is that the champion was suffering from a virus that caused the change of date and location for the contest, although poor ticket sales are still thought to have been a deciding factor – something that will no longer be a problem given the stacked “World War 3” triple-world title bill the fight now headlines. Continue reading

Billy Joe Saunders Remaining Focused Ahead of World Title Challenge

Hatfield middleweight Billy Joe Saunders is remaining upbeat ahead of his world title challenge to WBO 160 lb champion Andy Lee on October 10th in Manchester, in the face of a venue switch that delayed the biggest fight of his career by three weeks.

Saunders, who boxed a tune up last month against Yoann Bloyer in London, headed out to the MGM facility in Marbella to get his head down away from the distractions that have presented themselves at earlier points in his career, though was called back after Andy Lee ostensibly “picked up a virus,” and the fight was switched from Thomond Park in Limerick, to topping a world title triple header in Manchester that will also feature Terry Flanagan and Liam Smith in respective world title bouts. Continue reading

“World War 3” in Manchester / Liam Smith v Michel Soro Added to Lee/Saunders Card

Liverpool’s unbeaten light middleweight Liam Smith (20-0-1, 10ko) will face Frenchman Michel Soro (27-1-1, 17ko) for the WBO 154lb title on October 10th in Manchester on the rescheduled Andy Lee/Billy Joe Saunders bill that is now being dubbed “World War 3.”

New WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan, who was already due to appear, will face mandatory American challenger Diego Magdaleno, as reported over the weekend.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for the 27 year old Smith, who will be contesting the vacant title recently stripped from inactive American, Demetrius Andrade. Continue reading

Andy Lee/Billy Joe Saunders Postponed Until October 10th / Moved to Manchester

WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee’s defence of his title against Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders, that was scheduled for Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland has been postponed until October 10th and moved to the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, England.

In a joint statement last night from co-promoters Frank Warren and Adam Booth, it was claimed the Irishman is suffering from a virus that means the September date was potentially in jeopardy;

“Andy’s had a virus and he’s recovering from it, or he’s about recovered from it, according to Adam Booth, who’s contacted me.,” Warren said. Continue reading

Virus forces Lee v Saunders postponement

WBO World Middleweight Champion, Andy Lee, has been hit with a virus which has caused his fight against mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders to be postponed from the 19th September 2015.

Whilst the virus is not serious, Lee’s Promoter, manager and trainer, Adam Booth, informed co-promoter Frank Warren about it and whilst the Lee camp were happy to see if it cleared up in the next fortnight Warren, who also manages Billy Joe Saunders, was not prepared to take the risk with so much at stake for the Broadcasters, Boxers and the fans. Continue reading

Billy Joe Saunders getting ready for Andy Lee

Billy Joe Saunders starts his training camp today with the clock counting down to his massive WBO World Middleweight title clash against champion Andy Lee on Saturday 19th September at Thomond Park in Limerick.

The Hatfield star has set up camp at the plush MGM training complex in Marbella with his renown trainer Jimmy Tibbs as they prepare for the biggest fight of Saunders’ unbeaten 22-fight career with just over six weeks’ to go until the showdown. Continue reading

Lee/Saunders Could Be Hagler/Hearns-esque Says Adam Booth

Andy Lee’s trainer Adam Booth, who oversaw David Haye’s rise to cruiser and heavyweight stardom, is looking forward to September’s bragging rights fight between his man and Billy Joe Saunders, which sees two men from the travellling community contesting a version of a world title for the first time in history.

There has already been something of a boxer/puncher narrative unfolding regarding the fight between the two southpaws, and speaking to Sky Sports, Booth suggested he wouldn’t be surprised to see tactics thrown out of the window on the night in much the same way Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns threw out the rule book in their legendary 3 round war in 1985. Continue reading

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