Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders have had a couple of dates set and rescheduled already, but now they're hoping that the third time's the charm. Lee and Saunders announced today on BoxNation that they're scheduled to go on December 19 at Manchester Arena.
Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO) will be defending his WBO middleweight title for the second time. The 31-year-old Irish southpaw won the vacant belt by stopping Matt Korobov last December, and defended in a draw against former titleholder Peter Quillin on April 11 of this year.
This will be the first world title shot for the 26-year-old Saunders (22-0, 12 KO), a fellow lefty, and his first serious fight since last November, when he survived a late rally to edge Chris Eubank Jr. Saunders fought a tune-up against a scrub opponent in July of this year to stay sharp for the Lee bout, which was originally set for September 19 in Limerick, Ireland. Lee had to postpone, moving the fight to October 10 in Manchester, but then that date was canceled, as well.