SOME Irish fight fans were hoping Andy Lee’s first WBO World title defence would take place in Ireland.
However, they shouldn’t be disappointed he travels to New York on April 11 to be his title on the line against former WBO belt holder Peter Quillin, claims Kid Chocolate himself.
The American, who vacated the title rather than fight Matt Korobov, the fighter Lee claimed to take the belt, believes his clash with the Limerick man is as fan friendly as you can get and will make for an entertaining battle.
The bout also provides Lee with the chance to impress a massive TV audience, as the bout will be aired on territorial TV, win another high profile bout and if victorious secure massive clashes down the line.
“It’s a fight that the fans should be happy with. This is a match-makers dream. Andy Lee is a very durable opponent and I’m undefeated still. We’ll be looking to secure our legacies and it makes for a good fight,” the New Yorker told Off The Ball before revealing the pair came close to fighting in Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day.
“We’ve crossed paths once before,” said Quillin. ”We were actually supposed to fight on HBO a couple of years back when Sergio Martinez fought Matthew Macklin. I was supposed to be on the undercard and HBO wanted us to fight but the business couldn’t be done.”