Last week, trainer Adam Booth revealed that his middleweight charge Andy Lee will return to action on March 18th at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of the Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs undercard.
On Tuesday, K2 Promotions made the Irish veteran’s return official, announcing that Lee will face KeAndrae Leatherwood on the show(via ESPN).
It will be Lee’s first bout since December of 2015, when he dropped a majority decision and an alphabet title to Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester.
Leatherwood, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has a record of 19-3-1, with 12 of his wins occurring inside the distance. The 28-year-old is currently riding a five-fight winning streak but those victories came against a gauntlet of journeymen sporting a shoddy combined record of 53-136-10. One of those journeymen, Taronze Washington, had previously knocked Leatherwood out in April of 2015. His ledger going into that fight was 16-19.
Leatherwood’s other defeats occurred against a higher level of opposition. In December 2011, he was stopped by John Jackson, who Lee would later spark with one punch, and he dropped a unanimous decision to a then undefeated Hugo Centeno Jr. in March 2013. The draw on his record came against 9-2 Frankie Filippone.
This has all the hallmarks of a gimme fight for Lee, who will be looking toward much bigger fights, including a potential shot at the winner of the mouth-watering main event match-up between Golovkin and Jacobs.