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Ireland's WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee draws with Peter Quillin despite two early knockdowns

Published 12/04/2015 | 08:03

Andy Lee is punched by Peter Quillin during their middleweight fight at Barclays Center. Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Andy Lee is punched by Peter Quillin during their middleweight fight at Barclays Center. Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Peter Quillin battles Andy Lee during their middleweight fight at Barclays Center. Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Andy Lee is punched by Peter Quillin during their middleweight fight at Barclays Center. Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Andy Lee punches Peter Quillin during their middleweight fight at Barclays Center. Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Ireland's WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee survived two early knockdowns to draw with Peter Quillin in New York.

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The 30-year-old arrived in New York in the shape of his life and ready to mount a solid first defence of the title won so brilliantly in Las Vegas before Christmas.

And the Limerick warrior had an unexpected spring in his step on Friday night after Quillin failed to make the 160lb weight forcing WBO officials to deem the bout a non-title fight.

Lee's world title wasn't on the line as he remains unbeaten since 2012.

The 30-year-old Limerick warrior was knocked down in the first and third round but he floored the US boxer in a career-first in the seventh round.

Lee, who won the WBO belt in December, could now face England's Billy Joe Saunders in his first title defence.

"It was a hard fight to score. He had the knockdowns, but I boxed consistently, especially down the stretch," Lee said afterwards.

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