Sunday 11 December 2016

Andy Lee unlikely to get a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders over contract clause

Published 30/01/2016 | 15:46

Andy Lee is caught by the right hand of Billy Joe Saunders during Saturday night’s WBO World middleweight title fight Photo:Sportsfile
Andy Lee is caught by the right hand of Billy Joe Saunders during Saturday night’s WBO World middleweight title fight Photo:Sportsfile

Andy Lee has revealed that a contractual stipulation is denying him the opportunity to reclaim the WBO middleweight title he lost to Billy Joe Saunders last month.

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Lee, who was born in London to Irish parents, lost a majority decision to Saunders in December at the Manchester Arena, in what was the first official defence of the title he took from Matt Korobov in December 2014.

He and Saunders were meant to meet on two separate occasions but both times the bout was resheduled. Speaking on Newstalk's Off the Ball today, Lee explained that there were no arrangements in place for he and Saunders to resume their rivalry because the latter is not contractually obliged to face him.

"We have enquired about a rematch and he was the number one contender, the mandatory challenger so there was no rematch clause," Lee said.

Furthermore, Lee went on to claim that Saunders would likely be pleased with the current state of affairs given how the later stages of their showdown played out.

"There wasn't a voluntary defence so he doesn't want it and I can understand that. That says enough in itself, that he got away with it and you could see in the last few rounds he was boxing in his shell and didn't want to mix or trade and he knew he had the fight won off those two knock-downs earlier in the fight."

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