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A dejected Andy Lee still keen on Saunders rematch after world title defeat

The Limerick man was knocked down twice on his way a majority points loss on Saturday night.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

ANDY LEE CLAIMED he is keen on regaining his WBO world middleweight title if a rematch can be made against new title holder Billy Joe Saunders.

Limerick’s Lee lost his title on Saturday night to England’s Saunders, who claimed a 12-round majority decision after putting the defending champion on the canvas twice in the third round.

Lee bounced back in the latter half of the fight but could not do enough to retain his title.

“The two knockdowns cost me the fight,” said Lee at the post-fight press conference, which he only attended for a couple of minutes, congratulating Saunders.

Andy Lee in action against Billy Joe Saunders Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

“He deserved to win so I can’t complain with the decision. I would like another go of it, I felt I finished stronger but the two knockdowns cost me the fight,” added Lee.

Saunders suggested that he would be open to a rematch, but the fact that promoter Frank Warren and the challenger spoke extensively about other future fights and possible title unifications bouts it is not certain whether Lee will get to challenge for his old title again.

“Andy showed a good account of himself tonight, a rematch could go. I’m sure we could do a bigger venue down in London that’s something that we could talk about as well,” said Saunders.

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