'The knockdowns cost me the fight’ – Defeated champion Andy Lee targets rematch
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.