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Warren wants to do Lee v Saunders open air in London not Thomond Park

IRISH fight fans could have to travel to support Andy Lee as he puts his title on the line against Billy Joe Saunders this September.

Frank Warren, Saunders promoter, is keen to secure home advantage for his charge and wants the WBO middleweight World title fight to play out in London.

The British promoter has his heart set on an open air stadium clash, but doesn’t see Thomond Park as that Stadium.

Limerick’s Lee has made no secret of his desire to give back to his home town by bringing a massive card to the ‘Treaty City’ and will no doubt push the home of Munster Rugby as an option.

However, Warren, who has put forward a September 5 date, is keen to put the fight on an exciting card in London.

“September 5 is the proposed date. I think it makes sense (to have it on London) but Adam Booth and I have a lot of negotiations to sort out before we get to that. Hopefully we get it sorted out fairly soon. It is on that’s the main thing, it has been ordered and it is on,” Warren told IFL TV.

“I think it deserves to be in an out door venue. It is a big fight, it’s a great fight. You look at Andy Lee and what he has done over the last few years it is marvelous. He has gone into every fight as an underdog and the old equaliser has taken everybody out. He has been behind on the cards but done the business. Bill has a good chin and he is a very good boxer so I think it has the ingredients to be a cracking fight.”


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