“Stand up an’ fight until you hear the bell. Stand toe to toe. Trade blow fer blow. Keep punching till you make yer punches tell. Show that crowd watcher know! Until you hear that bell, that final bell, Stand up an’ fight like hell!”
That’s the Munster rugby faithful’s anthem. The chorus rings around Thomond Park come big game time and is employed particularity in times of on pitch adversity.
The famous tune, however, seems more suited to the fight game and Limerick’s Andy Lee will adopt it when he defends his WBO middleweight title against Billy Joe Saunders in Thomond Park on September 19.
The reigning World champ has already said the crowd could play a key role in what he predicts will be a tough fight and ‘Stand Up and Fight’ ringing ring around a full arena could prove inspiring for the middleweight who has excelled with his back against the wall in recent bouts.
“I will come into the ring at Thomond Park on September 19 against Billy Joe to that song,” said Lee at the London press conference. “It was really inspiring and I’ll be lifted by what will hopefully be over 30,000 people in there that night.”
Lee was hoping to have the support of the Munster Rugby players on September 19 but some will be Wales representing Ireland in the rugby World Cup.
However, the Limerick man has already drawn inspiration from Munster Rugby’s main man.
“Paul O’Connell is a huge sports figure in Ireland and we all know what he gives when he goes into battle. But he led me with my belt to the players in the dressing room at Thomond Park when Munster played Leinster. It really resonated with me and meant so much,” added Lee.