In a sudden change of events, middleweight champion is now set to face off against Peter Quillin. If you remember, Quillin was the very fighter who vacated the belt that Lee won Dec. 13 in Las Vegas. Andy’s first title defense was set to be against Billy Joe Saunders, but the mandatory challenger has agreed to step aside for an undisclosed amount of money to let Quillin step in. Saunders will now get to face the winner the title fight, and will also get an interim fight, possibly on the undercard of Lee vs. Quillin.
The specific date and venue of the fight have not been officially released yet, but the rumor circulating is that it will happen April 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and air on NBC in primetime.
Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) claimed the vacant title after his win against Matt Korobov in Las Vegas last December. Lee got off to a slow start, and was scored to lose the fight before dramatically knocking out Korobov in the sixth-round. The new champion was hoping to defend his title for the first time against Billy Joe Saunders back home in Ireland, but the Quillin fight proved to be much more rewarding.
Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since his third title defense against Lukas Konecny back in April 2014. In September 2014, he vacated his belt so as to not face mandatory challenger Matvey Korobov in a fight that would have earned him roughly $1.4 million.
The fight is sure to be an entertaining one, as both fighters are known for their ability to go toe-to-toe with their opponents. Both fighters are hungry for a win as Lee looks for his first title defense, and Quillin looks to regain the title that he must feel is still rightfully his.
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