GGG promoter open to Andy Lee title fight

Gennady Golovkin‘s promoter believes that a middleweight title showdown with Ireland’s Andy Lee [34(24)-3(2)-1] is a possibility for down the line.

K2 chief Tom Loeffler is a fan of the Limerick southpaw, and has added him to the undercard of GGG’s next fight.

The Kazakh defends his WBC, WBA, and IBF belts against Daniel Jacobs on Saturday March 18th at the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, and Lee will feature on the packed card in a comeback bout.

The Castleconnell puncher has not fought since losing his WBO title to Billy Joe Saunders in December 2015, and will get back into things with an eight-round bout against KeAndrae Leatherwood. The goal for Lee, as a rematch with Saunders has not been forthcoming, is to secure a fight with the winner of the main event – for which Golovkin [36(33)-0] is a strong favourite.

Lee and Golovkin have fought once before, in the amateurs, with the Qaraghandy man prevailing on points following their Last 16 bout at the 2003 World Championships.

With a lack of willing credible challengers for the Asian, and the fact that they had already agreed to the bout in 2014, Loeffler believes that a bout in the pros is a possibility.

The American promoter told ESPN that “we have a good relationship with Andy and I thought it made a lot of sense to have him on the card. A future fight between Gennady and Andy is always something to consider.”

“We have a lot of respect for Andy because he was one of the guys who agreed to fight Gennady but it didn’t happen because Gennady’s father passed away.

“Out of respect for Andy agreeing to fight Gennady back then, when nobody would fight him, it made sense to have him on the show, especially on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

“He’s no stranger to the New York fans and the Irish fans. He’s in a very competitive fight for his first fight back.”

Joe O'Neill

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