By Carlos Boogs
According to former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24KOs), a June date in New York City is being lined up for his anticipated ring return.
Lee went through a lackluster 2015 and never got the opportunity to make successful defense of his world title.
He fought Peter Quillin to a twelve round split draw in April. Both boxers were down in the contest. Lee then came back in December, making a mandatory defense of his belt against Billy Joe Saunders, and he lost a twelve round majority decision.
Lee, who is trained by Adam Booth, is looking for a very big 2016. He says his goal is to recapture the WBO middleweight crown.
He wants to work his way to a mandatory position, claiming that Saunders is refusing to give him a rematch.
Lee is promoted by Lou DiBella, who has a very close working relationship with manager/adviser Al Haymon. WBA 'regular' middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs is handled by Haymon, and that could be another path for Lee in the near future.
“I have preliminary plans to fight again in June in New York with an opponent to be confirmed. I want to win my title back. It hurts losing. I worked hard to get it and I want to get it back just as badly, that is it. My goal is to win the title back. He said he won't give me a rematch so I am going to have to force it by winning a fight again and put myself back in as the number one contender position,” explained Lee to UTV.