'The knockdowns cost me the fight’ – Defeated champion Andy Lee targets rematch
Published 20/12/2015 | 11:19
Andy Lee admitted he could have no complaints in relinquishing his WBO World middleweight crown to Billy Joe Saunders, but has already set his sights on a rematch.
Lee endured two knock downs in the third round after being on the receiving end of two vicious right hooks from Saunders.
He recovered well but couldn't deliver the knock-out blow which he needed to end the ambitions of the British fighter who psychologically had the upper hand after those early knockdowns.
The Irish fighter conceded the knockdowns had a huge impact on the contest.
“The two knockdowns cost me the fight,” Lee told reporters at the post-fight press conference.
“He deserved to win so I can’t complain with the decision. I would like another go of it, I felt I finished stronger but the two knockdowns cost me the fight,” added Lee.
Saunders seemed open to the idea when pressed for his thoughts on a second fight with Lee.
“Andy showed a good account of himself tonight, a rematch could go. I’m sure we could do a bigger venue down in London that’s something that we could talk about as well,” he said afterwards.
Two of the judges voted it 115-111 and 114-112 in favour of Saunders with the other judge marking it level 113-113 before an estimated attendance of 7,000 in Manchester.