By James Slater
Middleweight contender Andy Lee of Ireland is excited to be in the mix of what he calls a “very competitive” middleweight division. Stating last night on Sky Sports as he analysed the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens fight that he would like a shot at Golovkin himself, Lee said that in a couple of fights’ time he will be ready for the man known as GGG. Lee, 30-2(21) also made it clear he wants to fight Sergio Martinez.
“I think I have the style to beat him,” Lee said of Martinez. “And then maybe after that fight I’ll fight Golovkin. We’ll see. The word with Sergio is he’s looking to fight [Miguel] Cotto or maybe Canelo Alvarez, and is trying to avoid Golovkin, so we’ll see what happens.”
In terms of who Golovkin will fight next, Lee says he thinks WBA and IBF super-middleweight champ Carl Froch would perhaps be too powerful for the WBA middleweight ruler, but that he’d love to see Golovkin face unbeaten Andre Ward.
“I’d love to see him [Golovkin] fight Ward because it would be a contest of boxers and we’d see who would out-skill the other, Lee said. “But I think he [Golovkin] would have a lesser chance against Froch because Froch is so powerful and if he stood in front of Froch he might be in danger of getting knocked out by the heavier guy.”
Lee doesn’t see superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior risking a fight with Golovkin any time soon.
“it’s a super fight, [but] I don’t think it’ll ever happen,” Lee said. “Floyd’s very clever about picking his opponents and I don’t think he’d big too quick to jump in with a younger middleweight. (“that’s what we said about Saul Alvarez,” fellow Sky Sports guest Johnny Nelson interjected) Yeah, but Alvarez and Golovkin and two totally different animals.”
Lee closed by saying he feels Golovkin is the best middleweight in the world right now. Whoever the 31-year-old fights next it is sure to be a hot ticket. Last night, in improving to 28-0(25) with the TKO win over Stevens, Golovkin scored his 15th straight stoppage.