Irish light-middleweight Andy Lee believes the highly-anticipated showdown with Matthew Macklin must be arranged soon, fearing that the fight could start to lose its appeal.
A fight with Macklin has long been anticipated as a monumental domestic fight, potentially attracting thousands of fans into one of Ireland’s biggest venues. Despite being born in Birmingham, both of Macklin’s parents hail from Ireland and he travels on an Irish passport.
The pair have been talking up a potential bout for years. Promoter Lou DiBella recently stated his desire to make the fight for April 26, but nothing came to fruition. Macklin looks as though he could now end up fighting ex-world title holder Darren Geale sometime in May.
In the meantime, Lee has accepted a spot on the Sauerland Promotions card this coming weekend along with appearing on Eddie Hearn’s Wales show in May.
Speaking to IFLTV, Lee believes talk is cheap unless the fight is arranged: “It’s been rolling on for a long, long time now. I’m afraid it might lose its appeal if it goes any longer so it needs to happen and I’m ready for the fight.
“He wants to fight in June then me and him fight in autumn, which I’m happy to do.”
Although Lee now campaigns at light-middleweight, he has boxed at middleweight his whole career and boxed for the WBC title at that weight in 2012, losing out to Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. He insists he could easily go back to 160lbs “for the right fight”, with obvious reference to Macklin.
‘Mack the Knife’ is no stranger to the international scene either, having boxed at the highest level three times but suffered defeat on every occasion. His most recent attempt came against feared Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin, though he did appear unlucky not to dethrone Felix Sturm when they fought in 2011.
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