Andy Lee's upcoming WBO middleweight title defence against Billy Joe Saunders was supposed to take place in Limerick's Thomond Park but an illness suffered by the Irishman forced a postponement.

That fight will now take place in Manchester on Saturday 19 December but though Lee was disappointed to give up his Limerick homecoming, he's not intimidated at the prospect of facing Saunders in England.

He told RTÉ One's Nationwide: "It [the postponement] was devastating. As I said at the time it was a dream come true and it would have been a special night for me personally.

"I was out of training for a while and when I came back to training I was still having symptoms. I still felt sick, wasn't able to train and had to take more time off.

"Adam [Booth], my coach, and the promoter Frank Warren said 'we'll have to delay this. You're not going to be prepared'.

"I've fought away from home a lot, most of my career. It's something I'm very comfortable doing, fighting people in their backyards and I just have to do it again."