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World champion Andy Lee poised for St.Patrick's Day title defence in Dublin

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Andy Lee celebrates his victory against Matt Korborov in the WBO middleweight title fight in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Andy Lee celebrates his victory against Matt Korborov in the WBO middleweight title fight in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Andy Lee celebrates his victory against Matt Korborov in the WBO middleweight title fight in Las Vegas earlier this month. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Andy Lee looks set to defend his WBO middleweight title in March with Dublin the likely venue.

The 30 year-old Limerick native had spoken of his dream to have a world title fight at Thomond Park, but reports in today's Daily Star suggest a bout on either Saturday the 14th or 21st will most likely take place at the 3Arena.

"I think I have earned that (a world title fight in Ireland) and deserved that," he said in the immediate aftermath of his victory in December. "Hopefully that will be next, maybe March, St. Patrick's Day."

"Maybe Thomond Park or the 3 Arena in Dublin, somewhere in Ireland and that would be great."

The date has yet to be finalised, but it is estimated that the bout could be worth an estimated €250,000 to Lee if it is given the green light for St. Patrick's Day.

Any outdoor event could only take place in the summer and it is unlikely that the WBO would allow Lee seven or eight  months for his first title defence.

Lee's most likely opponent is either unbeaten British Commonwealth and European champion Billy Joe Saunders or Denmark's Patrick Nielsen. While Saunders would be obliged to defend his title against mandatory challenger Saunders, that bout could be delayed, allowing Nielsen to take on the Irish fighter.

Nielsen has just one loss from 24 professional bouts.

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