Lee confirms Saunders fight for September 19 at Thomond Park

Phil Jay 20/06/2015

As WBN correctly reported on Friday, Andy Lee is set to put his WBO middleweight title on the line in a high-profile clash with mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders at Thomond Park, the home of Munster Rugby on September 19.

The 31 year-old makes the second defence of his belt following on from the draw with former champion Peter Quillin in April in one of the biggest fights to grace the Emerald Isle for some time.

Undefeated Saunders, 25, earned his spot with an impressive, but close win over Chris Eubank Jr in November on the back of 20 straight wins and eleven stoppages since turning professional in 2009. The Londoner has been widely tipped as a future world title holder throughout his career and now gets his chance against one of the biggest punchers in the division.

Known for his ferocious power, which has relieved him from scrapes in the past, champion Lee has risen to the top of the sport the hard way and none more so when putting in a less than stellar performance against John Jackson in June 2014.

With his dream world title chance just around the corner, Lee was in danger of blowing his chance as Jackson dominated the first four rounds of their New York encounter, until an equalizing punch by the Irishman in the fifth ended the argument spectacularly.

It’s this sort of excitement that endears Kronk Gym member Lee to the fans, and with Saunders having a solid fanbase in the UK, their autumn all-southpaw battle is a real fight that is certain to be one of the best of the year.

Frank Warren had come out and denied that the fight was rubberstamped for the date and venue in question, although Lee has now confirmed the situation over the weekend.