ANDY Lee will be WBO middleweight champion of the World whatever the result against Peter Quillin in New York on Saturday night.
The Limerick fighter was set to put his title on the line against it’s former custodian live on territorial TV in America, but while the fight goes ahead the title won’t be on the line, meaning Lee could defend against Billy Joe Saunders, possibly in Ireland, in the Summer regardless of the result.
The bout, one which Lee will still be determined to win, is now a non-title fight after challenger Peter Quillin failed to make the weight.
The undefeated Quillin intitially weighed in at 161.4lbs and was given two hours to get down to the 160lb limit. However, he could only manage 160.6lbs.
That means that Lee, who came in under at 159.6lbs, no longer has to put his title on the line.
WBO regulations state: “If the champion makes the weight and the challenger fails to do so, the champion, whether or not he loses the fight, shall retain the title.”