Andy Lee is determined to win back his World middleweight title.
The Limerick puncher reigned as the WBO’s chief 160lbs fighter for 12 months, but was dethroned by Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester last December.
Lee was on the wrong end of 115-111, 114-112, 113-113 decision paying the price for two early knock downs.
With such a scorecard there was always going to be rematch talk post fight, but while Saunders spoke positively about a return immediately after the fight it’s clear his team are exploring other avenues at present.
However, if Saunders won’t grant the Irish middleweight a return he is going to force the British punchers hand.
Lee looks set for a New York return in June and indicates victory could put him in mandatory position for the belt.
“I have preliminary plans to fight again in June in New York with an opponent to be confirmed. I want to win my title back,” Lee said while visiting Cabra Boxing club this week.
“It hurts losing. I worked hard to get it and I want to get it back just as badly, that is it. My goal is to win the title back. He said he won’t give me a rematch so I am going to have to force it by winning a fight again and put myself back in as the number one contender position.”