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'This was not my decision' - Andy Lee breaks silence after title fight moved from Limerick to Manchester

‘Nothing will stop me from winning this fight.”‘

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ANDY LEE INSISTS he is more determined than ever to beat Billy Joe Saunders after the events of the past week.

The planned title fight between the pair — originally scheduled for next month in Lee’s hometown of Limerick — was reset for Manchester on 10 October.

Despite Lee’s camp denying rumours on Wednesday that the decision to pull the fight from Shannonside had been made, co-promoter Frank Warren told Off The Ball that evening that it would, in fact, be held in the MEN.

Warren said Lee had suffered a virus which cost the Olympian a couple of weeks’ training and the only option was to move the fight.

“To the people of Limerick and to those who had planned on going to the fight, I’m sorry, it was not my decision,” Lee tweeted this morning.

“Defending my title in Limerick is my dream but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time. Thank you to everyone who worked hard on the event, thank you @thomondstadium and Limerick city council. I appreciate everything you did.

“All the disappointment of the last week has only strengthened my resolve. Now, nothing will stop me from winning this fight.”

The fight was to be a co promotion between the aforementioned Warren and Lee’s coach and manager Andy Booth. Warren insisted that ticket sales were not a factor in the decision.

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