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Wednesday 13 December 2017

On the canvas with Eamon Carr

Kid Chocolate determined to claim back world title

WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee faces the defining fight of his career on April 11 when he faces Peter Quillin, who vacated the title and watched as Lee grabbed the belt with a knock-out of Matt Korobov in Las Vegas.

Now Quillin wants his title back. "I consider Andy Lee a big threat to me," he says. "I've got to be smart."

The Lee (pictured) fight will be Quillin's first in 12 months. By comparison, Lee's three wins include his dramatic title win and an equally sensational fifth round knock-out of John Jackson last June.

Lee is currently in camp in Monte Carlo with coach Adam Booth working to defuse the threat Quillin poses with his pace and punching ability.

While conscious of Lee's powerful right hand, Quillin insists he packs dynamite in both fists.

"In my 31 fights, I've had 32 knock-downs," he says. "Twenty two didn't make the distance. My job is to focus and fight hard."

And while Quillin has yet to be beaten, his team will be analysing the defects that lead to Lee coming a cropper against Brian Vera and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The difference being that Lee has since had over two years intensive work with Booth, who's added to his armoury.

The upgraded Lee has had six wins with Booth and his coach believes he can extend his run on April 11.

"It's going to be a wicked fight but I'm very confident Andy will still be world champion," says Booth. "Andy wants to fight against good fighters to prove himself. He's ready for this fight."

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