Third time lucky - Lee to face Saunders in December
Published On Tuesday, October 13, 2015By
Andy Lee's twice-postponed world title defence against Billy Joe Saunders will go ahead on December 19.
Boxing's first all-traveller world title fight will take place at the Manchester Arena, where Lee's WBO middleweight belt will be the prize.
Lee came down with a viral infection in the run-up to the original September date, while Saunders suffered a cut eye that scuppered the rearranged October 10 appointment.
"The delay in the fight between me and Saunders has just made me more determined, if that is possible," London-born Lee said. "Once I have beaten him on December 19 I can move on in my career and unify the titles.
"My fans have been very patient and I'll give them what they have been waiting for as a Christmas present, beating Saunders and remaining world champion.
"I'm a proud man and I'm prepared to fight 'tooth and nail' to keep my title. Saunders is in for the fight of his life."
Saunders told promoter Frank Warren's website: "Like Lee I just want to get in the ring and fight. We've talked and talked for months, now we just want to fight.
"It's been a long time coming, but it's here now and nobody is going to stop me. This isn't going to be a Merry Christmas for him, more like the Nightmare Before Christmas.
"We're both fighting men and one of us isn't going to be standing at the end, and that won't b