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Andy Lee's Next Pay Day Is Going To Be A Lot Bigger Than It Was Last Night

Gary Reilly
By Gary Reilly
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He wants his next fight to be in Ireland because it's 'the sell and the biggest possible arena for it' and we can't wait. If it comes off, Andy Lee's first title defence against (most likely) Billy Joe Saunders will be a huge event and, as an added bonus, it is sure to make Lee quite a bit more money than he made last night.

According to ESPN, Lee's guaranteed purse for last night was $69,000 (that's the confirmed amount and doesn't include any possible win bonus) Now, we're certainly not saying that's a negligible amount of money, however, it is just a fraction of what he could stand to make in the future as a world champion, particularly considering the box office nature of the victory.

When you compare Lee's purse to that of the $2 million that Timothy Bradley, who topped the bill at the Cosmopolitan, took home, you can see just how much things can differ depending on the fighter. Matt Korobov, for his part, took home a guaranteed purse of $160,000.


Just as an example of what Lee could earn from now on, Bernard Dunne was offered £200,000 to take on Rendall Munroe after he became a world champion in 2009.

And as if all that wasn't enough, Gennady Golovkin's manager Tom Loeffler has said that his supremely talented client would be interested in a unification bout with Lee if the Limerick man defeats Saunders and Golovkin dispatches Martin Murray in February.

Golovkin had probably  been expecting a big fight against Korobov, however, that huge right hand from Lee has changed everything and despite the Kazakh's imperious record of 31 wins from 31 with 28 KO's, it's very unlikely that Lee would shirk the challenge if it was put in front of him.

See Loeffler's opinion of Lee's victory here:




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