Andy Lee: Dream not realised just yet
BY Jonny Stapleton
ANDY Lee’s boyhood dream was to win and not just fight for a world title and he is confident that dream will come to reality it when he faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Texas on June 16.
The Limerick southpaw was finally awarded a WBC tilt last month, but he is far fromcontent with contender status. The Kronk middleweight yearns World Champion billing and he admits he would be more than disappointed if he failed to over come the undefeated Mexican in the hostile territory that is El Passo in a few weeks time.
The man who replaced Martin Murray as Chavez Jr’s opponent after Visa issues ruled the English fighter out told IrishBoxingRadio
“I want to win a world title. I am not just happy to be there. I never dreamed of fighting for a world title when I was younger I always dreamed of winning one. If I don’t cross the finish line now I will be disappointed to say the least.”
Chavez Jr is regularly muted as one of the most protected champions in world boxing. Promoters Top Rank do take care of their cash cow and the fact the fight will be right on the Mexican boarder in El Paso makes it a difficult task for the Irish contender.
Lee however, is adamant he will be fighting a quality fighter and not just conditions and a hostile atmosphere on June 16.
The 2004 Olympian believes the Freddie Roach trained Chavez Jr has improved steadily since he last fought and Irish man in John Duddy.
“I didn’t target Chavez for any other reason than he has a world title. I want to be world champion and I wanted to fight any of the champions. Since he fought John Duddy he has stepped up progressively and made steady progress. He has defeated everyone put in front of him and he has done alright.”