ANDY LEE has to face the disappointment of his clash with Billy Joe Saunders being postponed a second time, after the latter suffered a cut eye. The WBO titlist can at least console himself with the thought of what a wonderful time it is to be a middleweight world champion. On October 17 in New York Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux fight to unify the IBF and WBA crowns, while on November 21 superstars Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez box for the WBC belt.
”I want to fight the winner of one of those fights,” Andy Lee told Boxing News. “More than likely it will be Golovkin. If Cotto wins, I don’t see him fighting me. He’s turned it down once already, Canelo maybe but maybe not. I would like to fight Cotto, Golovkin, any of them. I think Cotto’s the favourite, I think Golovkin’s the favourite and I’d like to fight one of them.”
Few men sound quite so willing to take on the feared Kazakh Golovkin. Lee explained his reasoning: “Fighting the best and proving that I’m the best. People might laugh when they hear me say that but again there’s nobody out there that can pose the questions to him that I can. Who can measure power? But in terms of one-punch power, I’ve had a lot more one-punch knockouts than he has. I’m taller than him and I’m a southpaw. He’s dealt with everything that’s been put in front of him, you have to give him credit, he’s probably the pound-for-pound best. If he fought Mayweather, he’s beat Mayweather some way. You can’t fault Golovkin, you have to admit he’s the best in the division for what he’s done and what he’s shown. But I’d like to give it a go. I’d like to see. You want to fight the best, you want to see how good you are.”
He predicts wins for Golovkin and Cotto: “I think in four or five rounds Golovkin will knock Lemieux out. Cotto-Canelo could be an interesting fight. It’s close, very close. I fancy Cotto to box and move around and win a decision.”
“I’ve got a massive fight with Billy Joe but when it’s all out the way,” Lee continued, “there’s a big Irish community there, they all know me, fight in New York maybe, St. Patrick’s Day next year.
“The rewards and the risks they all make sense.”