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Thursday 24 August 2017

Lee sets his sights on 'beatable' Korobov

Andy Lee has one hand on the WBO middleweight belt and is determined not to allow Matt Korobov to deprive him of walking away with the world title.

Korobov (31) was twice world amateur champion when he boxed for his home country, Russia. Having failed to medal at the Beijing Olympics, he relocated to America and turned pro. Unbeaten, he's stopped 14 of his 24 opponents and was mandatory challenger for the belt that's been vacated by Peter Quillin.

Lee, who's managed and coached by Adam Booth, has been offered the fight, with Top Rank boss Bob Arum and London promoter Frank Warren anxious to make it a historic night in Irish boxing history.

"He's beatable," declares Lee confidently.

The destination of the EBU Europeam middleweight title will be decided on November 29 between Chris Eubank Jnr and Billy Joe Saunders. The winner then meets either Andy Lee or Korobov.

Since losing in his WBC world title fight in 2012, Lee has put himself back in contention with five solid wins. "Winning this title means everything to me," he says. "It's what I've worked for since turning pro."

In June, when under pressure in the fifth round against John Jackson at Madison Square Garden, Lee unleashed a nuclear option of a punch, a thunderous right hook, that finished the fight.

A southpaw like Korobov, Lee (30) has had just two defeats in a 35-fight career that boasts 23 KOs.

He's not taking Korobov lightly. "He's world class," he says. "But not even he will stand between me and the world title."

Irish fight fans expect to have the bout confirmed for December 13 at the 3 Arena.

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