THE WBO HAVE CALLED FOR PURSE BIDS to be held on Tuesday January 27 for the organisation's world middleweight championship fight between the title holder Andy Lee and mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders.

Billy Joe Saunders

Saunders stood aside to allow Lee to fight against Russian Matt Korobov for the vacant title on December 6 in Las Vegas on the strict understanding that - as ratified by the WBO at their convention - Saunders would be made the mandatory challenger if he defeated Chris Eubank Jr, fighting either Lee or Korobov.

Irishman Lee subsequently won the title with a stunning round six knockout of Korobov, while Saunders inflicted the first loss to bitter rival Eubank Jr with a points win of their WBO World Championship eliminator in the week prior at the Excel London.

Andy Lee

Undefeated Saunders is excited that purse bids have been called and that he is very close to fulfilling his dream of becoming world champion.

"I'm within touching distance of fighting for the WBO world title now and I can't wait," said Saunders.

"I've done everything on my side. I'm the mandatory challenger. I stepped aside to allow Lee and Korobov to fight and I beat Eubank in the final eliminator to earn my shot. All I want to do is fight for the title and win it.

"Lee is a great fighter and he proved himself by winning the world title in Las Vegas. But now he's got to fight me and he will not deny me my dream of becoming world champion."

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