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GGG’s coach: Andy Lee will beat Saunders and fight Golovkin next year

Kazakh KO king Gennady Golovkin is aiming to unify two of the middleweight titles at the weekend and will then target a bout with Ireland’s WBO champ Andy Lee. Triple G faces David Lemieux on Saturday at Madison Square Garden where he is hot favourite to add the Canadian’s IBF strap to the WBA belt he already possesses.

Should Golovkin win, his trainer believes a fight can be made with the Limerick man next year.

Abel Sanchez explained his thoughts to YouTube’s IFL TV, noting that “Andy Lee has said that he is interested in fighting us here at the Garden – That could be late 2016.”

Sanchez also described how Lee and Golovkin came close to meeting in the ring last April but “unfortunately, in the months before that happened, Gennady’s father unexpectedly passed away so the fight ended up not happening.”

The California-based coach, and the man to hone Golovkin’s now-famous ‘Mexican Style’, believes that there is a silver lining to this fight having fallen through as “now Andy is a champion, that makes it an even better fight now as he has something to lose.”

“When we fight Andy, if that is the case, Andy will be the WBO champion and it’s gonna be a great fight.”

First, however, Lee must defeat mandatory challenger Billy Joe Saunders in their much-delayed bout on December 19th at the Manchester Arena, and Sanchez is confident that the Castleconnell southpaw will be victorious, reasoning that “Billy Joe I don’t think is quite ready. I think Billy Joe is in the same position that Willie Monroe was with us in the last fight – they’re almost there, but I don’t think he’s ready for the experience of Andy Lee and the punch of Andy Lee.”

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