Andy Lee issues ‘fight me’ plea to Miguel Cotto

Andy Lee has challenged Miguel Cotto to a mega middleweight showdown this Summer.

Following rumours last week which linked the two former middleweight champions, Lee took to Twitter tonight to confirm his interest in the bout.

The pair both surrendered their portions of the 160lbs crown last Winter with Limerick’s Lee being edged out by Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt, and Cotto losing his WBC strap to Canelo Alvarez.

A fight between the Irishman and the Puerto Rican legend had been mooted previously, but Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach was not keen to pit his fighter against the long reach and punching power of Lee.

However, with both looking to rebuild, a make-or-break clash could be made – perhaps at a catchweight.

And Lee is keen for a fight in New York  this coming June.

Lee has been in Manchester this weekend to support fellow Adam Booth-trained Irishman Ryan Burnett who fought on the Frampton-Quigg PPV undercard.

Four-weight World champion Cotto is scheduled to return to the ring on June 18th at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. Diego Chaves and Ruslan Provodnikov are rumoured as potential opponents, however Lee would hope to muscle past these to secure a huge, presumably PPV fight with the American star

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie