Billy Joe Saunders Dethrones Andy Lee

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS DETHRONES ANDY LEE SATURDAY TO BECOME 12th CURRENT BRITISH WORLD CHAMPION ON SHO EXTREME® FROM MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

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NEW YORK (Dec. 19, 2015) – Billy Joe Saunders dethroned WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy Lee with a 12-round majority decision Saturday on SHOWTIME BOXINGINTERNATIONAL from Manchester, England.

The fight, which was scored 115-111, 114-112 and 113-113, will re-air tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHO EXTREME.

In a matchup of tactical southpaws, an explosive third round from Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) was the difference. The British challenger floored Lee twice – first with a big right hook and again with a counter right just 30 seconds later – and a dazed Lee somehow survived the 10-7 round.

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The Irish Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) fought his way back and was the more aggressive fighter in the championship rounds, but it wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start and the two knockdowns.

With the win, Saunders became the 12th current British world champion.

“I’m world champion,” Saunders said. “I beat a good champion today, a good sturdy champion. I used his power against him. When I was boxing he got a little bit careless and dropped his lead hand and I caught him with the hook.

“I’m not going to start running my mouth, but it was a good shot. With someone as fast as me you have to keep your hands up. I’m not the biggest puncher in the world, but I showed you there that I can punch.”

WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel Jacobs, fresh off a first round knockout of Peter Quillin two weeks ago on SHOWTIME, was a guest analyst on Saturday from New York.

“I thought he was going to be a big brawler, I thought he had better assets,” Jacobs said of Lee. “He didn’t do enough for me. He was too complacent and after the knockdown you didn’t see that sense of urgency that a fighter has to have on the comeback trail.

“All credit due to Billy Joe, but it wasn’t an impressive victory.”

After watching the fight, Jacobs wasn’t ready to commit to a unification showdown in 2016 with the winner.

“We’ll do whatever makes sense,” Jacobs said. “I think it’s time to sit-down and figure what makes sense. Obviously it’s a good time to be a middleweight champion.”

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Hmmm . . I had a few UK buddies that (were not prone to exaggerating) were telling me that Saunders may do this to Lee; whom is not the most balanced and skilled fighter out there in this weight division. I, myself, was not sure at the time the advice was received; but (without both a crystal ball to check and any magical spirits to summon) I must admit the theory sounded good. Anyway, now BJS can be fed to the Glolovkin sometime in 2016. :) :)


-Yogo :

Have to agree with Jacobs on Lee's lack of urgency. Lovely hook by BJS though and always nice to see a young lad take the belt. Plus i won a couple of quid on a Billy points decision. Happy days for British boxing.


-Radam G :

Wow! B-J-Saun already has the big head. He now wants to dance with Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. He ought to quit! Outta him, they will beat da s***! Holla!