By Edward Chaykovsky
Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KOs) is nearing the end of his career and says his likely going to retire in 2018.
Lee is scheduled to return to the ring on March 18th, in what is going to be his first fight in 15 months after losing his WBO title to Billy Joe Saunders.
The return will take place on the undercard of the middleweight blockbuster between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs, at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Lee is going to face KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1, 12 KOs), who won his last five fights but has also been knocked out in the past, twice, by who are far below the level of Lee.
According to Lee, he wants to continue fighting for another 16 months at most, and then calling an end to his long career.
Lee, who is trained by veteran coach Adam Booth, is not taking his upcoming fight lightly. He wants to be back in the mix for the top names, including against the
“To be brutally honest, I only want to fight for another year, maybe 16 months. I can’t see myself going too far beyond that. I want the big fights and I’m ready to fight the winner of the main event in the next fight or the fight after that," Lee told Newstalk 106FM’s Off The Ball.
"This is the first step. I’ll get active again, I’ll move myself up in the rankings. KeAndrae Leatherwood is a good fighter, a serious opponent. I know I’m in for a hard fight. But this fight will get me active again and then push on and put myself back in the frame for fighting those guys.”