Irish middleweight fighter Andy Lee, 34-3-1-(24) is eager to return to the ring following some time off after his WBO world title majority decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders on December 19, 2015.
Lee an experienced world class operator is a formidable opponent for any of the top middleweight fighters such as Danny Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.
Lee is targeting a showdown with Danny Jacobs, WBA world champion or Gennady Golovkin, multi-titleholder world champion for his return fight. Both of whom successfully defended their titles this weekend by stopping their respective opponents (Danny Jacobs against Sergio Mora in Reading, PA and Gennady Golovkin against Kell Brook in London).
Both Jacobs and Golovkin have had problems getting other top fighters to agree to fight them. This has been frustrating for their management teams in negotiating fights and liaising with promoters and the broadcast companies, but more so for the fans as they want to see the best fighting the best.
One man who has agreed when approached in the past to fight either of them is Andy Lee.
Lee was set to meet Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden Theater, New York on HBO on April 26, 2014. Unfortunately the fight had to be pulled due to the death of Gennady’s father Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18, 2014 and the boxer’s decision understandably to take some time out of boxing to take care for his family.
Team Lee was also approached early this year about a possible fight with Danny Jacobs in May 2016.
Lee comments ‘ I have had a bit of a lay off since my last fight, but I want to get back to boxing, what better way to get back than in a championship fight. I have no qualms about challenging Danny or Gennady or any other top fighter, I am in the business of fighting that is what I do for a living. As a professional athlete I want to test myself and fight and beat the best, that has been my motivation during my career.’
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September 10 2016