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Barker Eyes Andy Lee, Not Afraid of Golovkin Bout

Darren Barker hopes to land a fight against Andy Lee and would even travel to Ireland for the middleweight clash. Barker marked his return with an impressive stoppage win over Kerry Hope in December and will fight again on the 'London's Finest' bill at Wembley Arena on the 9th of March.

The Barnet man had hoped to face Lee, but the Irishman will instead fight Anthony Fitzgerald on the undercard of the Carl Frampton-Kiko Martinez card in Belfast. Barker remains hopeful he can battle Lee later this year and would travel to his rival's home country to make the bout happen.

"I'd go to Ireland to fight him. Not a problem. I asked Eddie, can you get Andy Lee? I want to fight him," said the former European champion. "I believe I've got his number. I've got the style to beat him. I was absolutely gutted that it couldn't be made for this fight, but it's about being patient and I'm sure these fights will happen. I'm sure he wants the fight as much as I do."

Gennady Golovkin defended his IBO/WBA titles with a dominant stoppage win over Gabriel Rosado on Saturday and his promoters have included Barker on a list of possible opponents.

Barker admits the hard-hitting Golovkin is one of the most dangerous fighters in his division, but he would still relish another world title fight after his creditable stoppage defeat against Sergio Martinez in 2011.

"I mean if there is anyone you wanted to swerve then it would be him by the looks of things," he said. "But like I say, I fought the best in Martinez and I wouldn't shy away from fighting Golovkin.

"I would get in there with him tomorrow and I honestly mean that. He's got a good amateur pedigree he's a big puncher with both hands, but I believe I've got the style to beat any of the world champions out there. I learned so much from the Martinez fight that I don't think there's anybody I should be afraid of."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rey guey on 01-21-2013

I think Golovkin vs Barker is the perfect fight. Golovkin wants Martinez that's pretty clear, if he were to fight Barker and beat him in better fashion it would make a fight with Martinez more marketable. the only risk is…

Comment by Boxing1706 on 01-21-2013

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12939646]Darren Barker hopes to land a fight against Andy Lee and would even travel to Ireland for the middleweight clash. Barker marked his return with an impressive stoppage win over Kerry Hope in December and will fight again on the…

Comment by Prince_Pugilist on 01-21-2013

We can't say Barker is ducking someone when there haven't even been any negotiations yet. I'd like to see Barker take on Lee and then fight Pirog or GGG at some point in the summer.

Comment by Sparked_26 on 01-21-2013

It'll be up to one of the Brits so fight him. Nobody else seems to be jumping through hoops to fight him. That said, Barker is right to target the Lee fight because that make him more cash and Pirog/Golovkin…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 01-21-2013

I respect Barker's honesty where he says "if there's anyone you were going to swerve it would be him" but says he is willing and sounds genuine. I hope it gets made as it would be great for both fighters.…

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