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Confirmed: Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders Is OFF

Confirmed: Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders Is OFF
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Things just have not been going to plan with Andy Lee's second title defense. Plans to fight Billy Joe Saunders at Thomand on Septemeber 19 were short-lived and there are strong rumours this morning that Lee-Saunders will now NOT be part of the World War 3 card in Manchester next month. Fight promoter Frank Warren posted a cryptic tweet this morning about the card and the Twitter rumour mill has been in overdrive since suggesting Lee-Saunders will not go forward.

Lee tweeted a photo of himself after a training session yesterday so he clearly looks ready to go. From what you read on Twitter - which of course comes with its usual health warning - Saunders has been cut in training and cannot fight Lee in Manchester.


Adam Booth could not be reached for comment.

UPDATE - BoxingScene.com now reporting the fight is off.

AND NOW the fight has disappeared from BoxRec.

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LATEST: reports from the Midwest that the fight is off but Lee will remain on the card.

The inevitable has been finally been confirmed by Warren, who spoke with PA this afternoon. He says we'll know for sure what Lee will be doing in the next 24 hours.

Billy Joe's got a cut eye," said Warren. "We're just waiting for the doctor to confirm when he'll be available. We're looking to put it on towards the end of November, December. [The cut came in] sparring.

"We're not sure what we're doing [with Lee]. I don't want to get into a situation where Andy's got to fight and there's an eight-week gap between the two and he's then not going to be available to fight Billy Joe so we're going to wait before tomorrow until making that decision.
"We've got two world titles on there, we've got a final eliminator for a world title on there, and one more fight at the moment. I'll have that done by the latest tomorrow, and we'll announce it."

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