Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Steward: After Vera, Andy Lee Wants Sergio Martinez

By Keith Idec
 
NEW YORK — Emanuel Steward wants Andy Lee to challenge Sergio Martinez in the fight after Lee’s rematch against Brian Vera on Saturday night in Atlantic City.

The Irish middleweight contender obviously has to overcome Vera before he could earn consideration as Martinez’s next opponent. But Steward is just as sure that’ll happen as he is certain Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) is a legitimate threat to Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs), who’ll encounter England’s Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) after the Lee-Vera fight Saturday night.

“He’s got close to 30 fights, so he’s a veteran fighter now,” said Steward, who has trained Lee throughout his five-year pro career. “He’s not going to get much better, so we definitely want to fight Martinez. I think Sergio is a phenomenal fighter, and I enjoy fighting the best. I don’t get a challenge out of fighting second-class fighters. He’s the best, so we would like to fight him.”

The 27-year-old Lee is 11-0, including seven knockouts, since Vera stopped him in the seventh round of a March 2008 fight Lee was winning on all three scorecards. Steward acknowledged that Lee must beat Vera convincingly to generate interest in a bout between Lee and Martinez, but Steward is proud of Lee’s improvement in the 3½ years since he suffered his lone professional defeat.

“I think that [Lee has] got a good chance with anyone, because no one is going to out-box him,” Steward said of the 6-foot-2 southpaw. “I’ve seen him with enough boxers. Maybe he’d have problems with a physical brawler, but that’s not Sergio. But Sergio is, by far, the best out there, a phenomenal fighter. I love to watch him fight.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 09-30-2011

[QUOTE=onechance87;11233005]No just no.Its time martinez fights pirog.[B]Martinez has had his cherrypick fights already with dzinruk[/B] and barker.Back to some real fights martinez[/QUOTE] You think Sergei was cherry picked? I don't think Pirog could have handled Dzindziruk like Martinez. I think…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 09-30-2011

I respect Andy Lee more than Chavez Jr, Canelo and a lot of other young contenders taking the easy route. People are laughing at Lee but atleast the kid wants to step up and challenge himself. That's the only way…

Comment by mshap on 09-30-2011

yes, and after Martinez, he'll want a nice comfortable hospital bed....

Comment by kokingbill on 09-30-2011

AHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA ROTFLOL!!!!!!! I literally just had two friends die in the past 3 days and this cracked me the F up. Stop dreaming. Andy Lee is total crap. Hes barely a club fighter.

Comment by onechance87 on 09-30-2011

No just no.Its time martinez fights pirog.Martinez has had his cherrypick fights already with dzinruk and barker.Back to some real fights martinez

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Adonis Stevenson: Andre Ward is Playing Games, He's Not Retired Hatton: Mayweather-McGregor in MMA Makes Me F***ing Furious Zolani Tete: Belfast Fans Know I'm The Man To Beat Ryan Burnett Frank Warren Talks Anthony Yarde, Daniel Dubois York Hall Card Coldwell To Eubank Jr. - Beg Adam Booth To Take You Back! Porter: I Think Right Now Thurman is Better Than Errol Spence Bivol Aims To Use Some of Andre Ward's Tactics on Barrera How To Fix The 147-Pound Logjam Of Talent With a Tournament Gonzalez, Cintron, Vargas Wins Bouts in Kissimmee, Florida Hearn Open To Do Joshua-Wilder Twice - One in U.S., One in UK Robert Garcia: Mikey is Special Fighter Like Mayweather, Pacquiao Rances Barthelemy: I Want Mikey Garcia in My Next Fight Estrada: I'm Looking To Knock Sor Rungvisai Out, Leave No Doubt Lemieux vs. O'Sullivan on The Canelo-Golovkin Card? Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Deal Getting Close, Says Frank Warren Loeffler's 360 Promotions Club Series To Begin on March 27 Photos: Cuadras-Arroyo, Nietes-Reveco, Viloria-Dalakian Weights Photos: Sor Rungvisai, Estrada - Ready For Superfly War Juanma Lopez, Jayson Velez on Point at Final Pre-Fight Weigh-In Horn Suffers Camp Setback For Crawford After Robinson KO Andre Dirrell on Training With Virgil Hunter For Uzcategui Rematch Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno Pushed Back To April 21 Hobson Wants To Secure Eubank Jr. For Liam Cameron Bellew is Convinced That He Can Put Usyk To Sleep De La Hoya Sure Canelo-Golovkin Rematch Will End in Knockout Dale Evans Decides To Retire From Boxing Max Schmeling Gym Might Close, Culcay, Turchi-Nielsen, More Photos: Callum Smith, Nieky Holzken - Ready For WBSS Showdown Daniel Jacobs: Sulecki Will Fight, Not Try To Survive Like Arias Deontay Wilder on Luis Ortiz: Once a Cheat, Always a Cheat Charlo: I Don’t Give a Sh*t What Centeno Did; I'm No Aleem! Adonis Stevenson: Kovalev Not Ready, They Are Trying To Save Him Bellew Backs Callum Smith To Beat George Groves, Win Ali Trophy David Haye: If I Beat Tony Bellew and Struggle - I Will Retire Hearn: Eubank Jr. is a Star - But Any World Class Boxer Beats Him Robert Helenius Returns on March 17, Faces Yury Bykhovtsev Amir Khan: I Just Could Not Retire After The Canelo Loss Porter: Thurman Needs To Step Up - Stop Babying His Elbow! Joseph Diaz Warns Gary Russell - You're Next, I Want That Belt! Mikhalkin's PED Suspension Nearly Made Him Quit Boxing in 2016
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement