Bob Arum: Lee will fight Korobov for vacant WBO middleweight title in Dublin on Dec 13

MATT Korobov and Andy Lee will fight for the vacant WBO middleweight World title in DUBLIN on December 13, according to Top Rank top man Bob Arum.

Irish fight fans were buoyed by recent claims the Limerick man had secured a second World title tilt, but will be further to delighted that the former Olympians shot will take place in Ireland.

Dublin fight fans have been starved of big time boxing action since Bernard Dunne hung up his gloves back in 2009, but have to fight cards to looking forward to before the year ends.

Matthew Macklin will top a Matchroom bill on the venue know to fight fans at The Point on November 15 and less than a month later Lee and it seems Frank Warren in association with Top Rank will host a World title in the same city,

“A deal is in place for a Dec. 13 battle between Matt Korobov and Andy Lee for the WBO’s vacant middleweight title, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum informed on Monday. The card is being promoted by Frank Warren and will take place in Ireland.

“We have confirmation from last week from Frank Warren that we’re going forward with that fight. The fight will be in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 13,” said Arum. “We have an agreement through e-mail, and our lawyers are drawing up a provision of services agreement to send to Frank to sign. I think that it’s a very good fight and a very interesting fight.”

WBO President Paco Valcarcel confirmed on Monday that Korobov-Lee has been sanctioned by the organization’s championship committee and revealed that the WBO are considering a request to make the winner of Chris Eubank Jr versus Billy Joe Saunders mandatory for the title. So if Lee claims the belt he could end up defending in an exciting Anglo Irish dust up.

“The Saunders-Eubank fight has been approved and sanctioned for the WBO’s International title,” said Valcarcel. “They’ve also requested it to be a mandatory eliminator fight, but that still has to be approved at the WBO’s executive committee.”


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