Bob Arum: Deal reached for Matt Korobov-Andy Lee middleweight bout
A deal is in place for a Dec. 13 battle between Matt Korobov and Andy Lee for the WBO’s vacant middleweight title, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum informed RingTV.com on Monday. The card is being promoted by Frank Warren and will take place in Ireland.
Korobov (24-0, 14 knockouts) and Lee (33-2, 23 KOs), who is promoted by Lou DiBella, will fight for the belt vacated last month by Peter Quillin rather than face Korobov.
“We have confirmation from last week from Frank Warren that we’re going forward with that fight. The fight will be in Dublin, Ireland, on Dec. 13,” said Arum. “We have an agreement through e-mail, and our lawyers are drawing up a provision of services agreement to send to Frank to sign. I think that it’s a very good fight and a very interesting fight.”
In his last fight in June, Korobov, 31, scored a unanimous decision over Jose Uzcategui. Lee, 30, earned a come-from-behind, fifth round knockout of John Jackson in June. The win over Jackson represented Lee’s fifth straight victory during a run that has included three knockouts since falling by seventh round knockout to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June 2012.
WBO President Paco Valcarcel confirmed on Monday that Korobov-Lee has been sanctioned by the organization’s championship committee, as has an all-English clash between Billy Joe Saunders (20-0, 11 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr. (17-0, 12 KOs). Saunders-Eubank is being targeted for the Nov. 29 undercard of a rematch between heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora at ExCel Arena, Dockland, London, according to Valcarcel.
“The Saunders-Eubank fight has been approved and sanctioned for the WBO’s International title,” said Valcarcel. “They’ve also requested it to be a mandatory eliminator fight, but that still has to be approved at the WBO’s executive committee.”
Saunders, 25, was last in action for an eighth round knockout of Emanuele Blandamura in July and Eubank Jr., 25, for a first round knockout of Ivan Jukic in July, representing his ninth consecutive stoppage win.
The son of the former middleweight beltholder, Eubank will be after his 10th consecutive stoppage victory against Saunders, who is a southpaw. Eubank has been training at the Las Vegas-based gym of Floyd Mayweather Jr.