Andy Lee’s WBO middleweight title defence against Billy Joe Saunders is not far away, well hopefully, but the Limerick man already has his eye on a possible unification bout with Gennady Golovkin.
There has been some talk about a fight between the two as of late. Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, suggested back in August that Gennady could face the winner of Lee vs Saunders in the event that neither Miguel Cotto or Saul Alvarez come to the negotiating table after their November showdown. The Golovkin team reiterated this stance in the aftermath of the power-punching technician’s most recent win – a brutally one-sided break down of David Lemieux.
Unlike the combatants involved in the marquee middleweight match-up of the year, Cotto vs Alvarez, Lee has not shied away from this chatter. In September, Lee told Boxing News that he was a greater threat to “GGG” than anyone.
“People might laugh when they hear me say this, but again there’s nobody out there that can pose the questions to him that I can”.
Speaking with BoxingScene, Lee has once again addressed, and even courted, what may be the toughest challenge in boxing. Like Golovkin, Lee also stated that he is looking to unify the division.
“I want his belts. I like his belts. They look good”, said the ambitious Lee. “It wasn’t that long ago that I was on the outside looking in, but now I’m in the midst of it all – and that’s where I want to remain”.
“I fought him as an amateur. It was a very hard fight. He was a world champion and I was an 18-year-old kid, and had no clue who he was. I definitely got a rude awakening, but things have changed. That was 14 years ago. We are both men now and physically matured”.
In recent times, Lee has firmly established himself as one of the most dangerous punchers in the sport. Due to the confidence gained from devastating come-from-behind knockout wins over John Jackson and Matt Korobov, the titleholder is not overawed by the vaunted power of the smiling Kazakh assassin.
In fact, he feels he is just as potent a threat as Golovkin. Perhaps even more so.
“He’s never fought anybody with my stature, my height, my stance and my power. I punch as hard if not harder than him, so we’ll wait and see. We’ll see what happens when he fights a banger like me”.
Given that Andy is one of the few middleweights on the planet who is not frozen with fear at the mere mention of the name Gennady Golovkin, and the fact that Cotto and “Canelo” Alvarez have both been talking down the fight, there is a good chance that we will see what happens when he fights a banger like Lee.