Andy Lee: Gennady Golovkin will probably be my next fight

On December 19th at the Manchester Arena, Andy Lee will finally defend his WBO title for the first time. The Limerick man faces mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders, and while he is not looking past the Englishman, Lee knows that unifications lie on the horizon.

At the press conference today for his Christmas Cracker with Saunders, Lee took the time to speak to IFL TV about what the future may hold.

Lee’s fellow middleweight title holders are Gennady Golvkin (WBA & IBF), and Miguel Cotto (WBC). Lineal champ Cotto faces Mexican phenom Saul Canelo Alvarez, however the Irishman feels the a clash with the winner is unlikely, reasoning that “I think there’s less of a chance I fight the winner of that fight [Cotto-Canelo].”

“There was a very good chance of me fighting Cotto last September, but his team turned it down for whatever reasons.”

“So I don’t think that fight happens, just the height difference, although maybe a fight with Canelo.”

Instead, Lee believes that a fight with Kazakh KO King Gennady Golovkin is on the cards, explaining that
“I think Golovkin would be the one more eager or more ready to fight me

“Or maybe the winner of Quillin and Jacobs [for the WBA ‘regular’ title]”

“For now, I think, if I beat Billy Joe, and come out well, Golovkin will probably be my next fight.”

Watch Lee’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

Joe O'Neill

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