News | Feb 06 2015

Billy Joe Saunders steps aside to allow Peter Quillin to challenge Andy Lee in New York

There could be a spot on the US undercard for Billy Joe Saunders as Andy Lee makes risky maiden defence of WBO middleweight title
Billy Joe Saunders

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS, the WBO middleweight mandatory title challenger, has stepped aside to allow champion Andy Lee to make a voluntary title defence against Peter Quillin expected to be in New York, and may make his glittering American debut on the undercard.

Saunders, the current British, Commonwealth, European and WBO International Champion, and his manager and promoter Frank Warren have allowed Lee to fight the American star next, subject to approval from the WBO, and Saunders will fight the winner – that both hope will be Irish rival Lee – in a huge summer showdown.

Warren believes that a Lee-Saunders world title clash is a massive attraction and deserves to be staged at a premier location like a football stadium, but with the unpredictability of the weather at this time of the year, coupled with the availability of grounds, it is more beneficial to wait until the summer.