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 Last update:  12/3/2011       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Andy Lee: Chavez Jr. Turned Me Down, I Want Martinez
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by David P. Greisman Whats the latest with Andy Lee?

Lee: I was just speaking to Lou [DiBella]. Chavez turned me down and doesnt want to fight me. They tried to entertain the idea, but its not going to happen, I think. So well see what happens. It looks like Im going to be fighting March 17 at [Madison Square] Garden, but against who I dont know yet. Who else do you want, if not Chavez?

Lee: I want Martinez. I want to fight the best. I think Im ready for it. I think Ive got the right style to beat him, so I told Lou that. I said I want the fight, so lets make it happen. Why do you think youre ready for Martinez?

Lee: I believe Ive got the style to beat him. A lot of the other guys hes beaten already have suited him. Theyve followed him around the ring and have walked into his punches. With me, Ill be there to counter him. Im too tall. Hes not going to out-box me. Some guy whos 5-foot-11 is not going to out-box me. How frustrating is it that youre not going to be able to get Chavez?

Lee: Its frustrating, but really Ive not really fully believed the fight would be made until it was signed, because I guess theyre going to protect him. Hes been protected so far. Theyre not just going to throw him out there. It wouldve been a good fight. Hes improving all the time. But its not to be, I guess. When do you think youll get Martinez?

Lee: Well I think its between me and Matthew Macklin who gets the fight. It does seem like Matthews going to fight him, but its not been decided yet. Whether its the next fight or the next fight, but if its sometime in 2012, Im ready. It seems as if youve been on this circuitous path. You were a touted prospect at middleweight, and then you had the loss, but now youre coming back and are possibly fighting for the championship.

Lee: Ive come back stronger. I had the loss. It did set me back, but if I didnt have had that, I wouldnt be the fighter I am now and the fighter I can be, you know? Would you have ever thought back then that a loss would be good for you?

Lee: The loss is the worst thing that ever happened to me in my life but it has made me who I am and what I am. So its probably the making of me. It couldve been the breaking of me, but in the end it was the making of me. How did it make you? In what ways are you better now because of it?

Lee: Im a lot more solid fighter now. Im somewhat a more rounded person as well outside of the ring. You know, when I was going through that phase, I was like high up, everything was going right for me, everyone was slapping me on the back. I didnt have the respect I shouldve had for the game, you know what I mean?

Brian Vera taught me that lesson, that youve got to respect every opponent. So even now Im working hard. Ive got no fight lined up. Ive just come from training camp in Austria, sparring seven, eight rounds a day, sparring Wladimir [Klitschko], sparring Johnathon Banks. Im ready to go. Anything else you want to say?

Lee: 2012 Andy Lees going to be champion.

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Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Sergio Martinez , Andy Lee

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comment by mathed, on 12-03-2011
All I know is that Sergio is the one fighting guys with great records and proving the most that he is the man....these other dudes fighting unknown prospects and rematching ESPN caliber fighters had better wake up because they aren't in the same league.

comment by HeroBando, on 12-03-2011
[QUOTE=Bushbaby]The bold is simply so unbelievably untrue. Tito went up to 160 & engaged in a tourney to become undisputed & eventually move up further to fight Roy Jones. He won a title, then it was him & B-Hop nest. Unfortunately for Tito, B-Hop had other plans. Secondly you must be tripping...

comment by Bushbaby, on 12-03-2011
[QUOTE=rey guey]Sturm doesn't want Martinez and after last night against Murray I doubt Sturm will ever face anybody half way decent again. Pirog only wants to fight in Russia. Geale is saying he needs a few more fights before Martinez. the guy is 37 and he wants the big money fights. it...

comment by DoktorSleepless, on 12-03-2011
I actually agree that Andy Lee could give Martinez some trouble. Martinez is usually the counter puncher, but despite being the challenger, Andy Lee won't be the one coming forward. He'll make it a boring fight and stay on the outside so he could counter punch the whole time. Since there's so ...

comment by DoktorSleepless, on 12-03-2011
[QUOTE=HeroBando]You keep repeating this, it's simply not true and I think you know it. Here's my reply to your previous post on another thread, hope you can provide that link: Please post a link that HBO was willing to televise Pirog-Manfredo. The only way Manfredo gets on HBO is as fodde...

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