If you wanted blood, you're disappointed. Billy Joe Saunders did drop Andy Lee two times in the third round, but apart from that it was a deadly dull main event in Manchester between a pair of southpaws who didn't want to lead the action. In the end, Saunders edged past Lee by majority decision to take the WBO middleweight title and remain undefeated.
Scores for the fight were 113-113, 114-112, and 115-111, both the latter two scores to Saunders (23-0, 12 KO). BLH had it 113-113.
Lee (34-3-1, 24 KO) started extremely slow and never really got going, but to be entirely fair, outside of round three, Saunders didn't do much more than he did. The two knockdowns wound up what separated the two -- Lee would have won 115-113 on one card, Saunders 115-113 on another, and the third card would have been 114-114, which would have made it a split draw. Saunders' big third round was about 99% of the fight's action, and fittingly made the difference.
Lee did close the fight fairly well, or at least compared to the rest of the bout, and that's what allowed him to creep back to a draw on our card, and assumedly on the one official draw card, as well. It was not enough for the other two judges, however, and Lee lost on points for the first time in his career.
Saunders, of course, will be thrilled with the win, and he mostly boxed a smart fight, taking Lee's best punch, the right hook, totally out of the fight. Lee maybe landed one in the fight that meant anything, and it came in the late rounds. We'll have to see what Saunders does next. There will be talk of him facing Daniel Jacobs, who was in the studio for SHO Extreme today, and there will surely be talk of Golovkin, too, but Chris Eubank Jr is now back on the market after leaving Matchroom, who failed to secure the purse bid for a fight with Nick Blackwell. Eubank wants a world title fight, wants a rematch with Saunders, and feels he can beat him a second time around. That fight is also an easy sell and doesn't carry the same danger that GGG or Jacobs do, and it also wouldn't require Saunders to travel abroad.
But that's for later. For now, Billy Joe Saunders is the new WBO middleweight titleholder. How did you score the fight?