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Andy Lee looks set to return to the ring in New York this June

The former WBO middleweight champion is desperate to regain the belt he relinquished in December.

Andy Lee following his loss to Billy Joe Saunders.
Andy Lee following his loss to Billy Joe Saunders.
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HAVING BEEN DETHRONED by Billy Joe Saunders at the end of 2015, Andy Lee expects to begin his journey back to the WBO middleweight title this summer.

Lee, who suffered a majority-decision defeat to Saunders in Manchester back in December, plans to return to action in New York in June.

Speaking to UTV at Cabra Boxing Club in Dublin, the 31-year-old Limerick native explained that with Saunders reluctant to offer him a rematch, he needs to take matters into his own hands.

Lee won the WBO belt when he stopped Matt Korobov in December 2014 but came up short in his first defence 12 months later. Between those two outings, a non-title bout against Peter Quillin last April ended in a draw.

“The preliminary plans are that I will fight again in June in New York, with an opponent to be confirmed,” Lee said. “I want to win my title back. It hurts losing it. I worked hard to get it and I want to get it back just as badly.

“He said he won’t give me a rematch so I’m going to have to force it by winning a fight again and putting myself back in that number one contender position spot.”

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