Andy Lee Hopes To Land Golovkin, Saunders or Jacobs Next

Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KO’s) is very excited to make his triumphant return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 18, as part of the undercard to the middleweight showdown between unified champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO’s) and mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO’s).
As part of the card, Lee will face Keandre Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12 KO’s) in an eight round fight.

Lee had one of his career best victories at Madison Square Garden scoring a highlight reel knockout of John Jackson in the fifth round on June 7, 2014. Lee followed that up with a stunning sixth round stoppage of top rated contender Matt Korobov on December 13, 2014 before battling to a 12-round draw with then undefeated Peter Quillin on April 11, 2015.

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In his last start, Lee lost his WBO title in a majority decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders on December 19, 2015.

Lee told SunSport: “I have been a pro for the last 11 years and the last three have been very intense, every fight was a hard one.

“I needed a rest and I enjoyed my year off. I went to friends’ weddings, family stuff, Christenings. It was a good year. I just needed to get away but if anything, it deepened my desire to come back.”

Lee, who is trained by Adam Booth, hopes the victory will lead him to a showdown with one of the top names at the weight.

“I am fresh and feeling fit. I cannot afford a loss but I am not fighting with any pressure. I have been world champion and I’ve made enough money to be comfortable. I am doing it now strictly for the love of it," Lee said.

“This fight will be the first step and after that I could easily challenge again. The top guys are GGG, Daniel Jacobs and Saunders. A win and I will be able to challenge them. I will need to be on the top of my game but I know if I box the way I can, fight at a world-class level where he’s not been before, I can win.

“Once I retire, the pubs will always be there, while I still have the desire, I don’t want to retire at 39 and say, ‘Oh I wish I would have done this or that’.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Staggy on 03-19-2017

Mantis toboggan, He was supposed to fight GGG, but GGGs dad died, then when Lee won the title, he had to fight Saunders, Saunders was mandatory, and had actualy stepped aside to let Lee challenge for the title. Andy Lee…

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-18-2017

Let's see how he looks tonight as well who knows what condition Jacobs may be in tonight after he fights GGG...

Comment by steeve steel on 03-18-2017

I see Lee fighting midgets dressed as leprechauns in the WWF ...

Comment by Zaryu on 03-18-2017

[QUOTE=Eastcoast;17513327]He doesn't, this interview is incomplete/edited. Here's an interview he just did saying there'll never be a rematch with Saunders. He also says he wants atleast 3 fights this year and he understands he's not getting Golovkin/Jacobs winner next, just…

Comment by Eastcoast on 03-18-2017

[QUOTE=Zaryu;17513261]How does he expect to challenge Saunders, when they both share the same trainer?[/QUOTE] He doesn't, this interview is incomplete/edited. Here's an interview he just did saying there'll never be a rematch with Saunders. He also says he wants atleast…

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