After two wins in 15 days in the Chicago area, WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) is now gunning for an all Irish showdown with WBC #9 John Duddy in Ireland or New York. While the Duddy camp says Lee is just one of their options and mentioned ex-champ Yuri Foreman as another possibility, Lee’s manager Emanuel Steward says he has has been in contact with Craig Hamilton, Duddy’s manager and both are on the same page. “I am very excited about trying to make the fight,” Steward commented.
“It has drama and edge written all over it,” he continued. “It will be a memorable fight for Irish boxing fans that will go down in Irish boxing history as a classic. I think for both men it’s a huge fight at this stage of their careers and I believe Andy will be the victor and this will result in him moving closer to a world title shot in 2011. As far as I’m concerned Andy is the best middleweight in the division.”
Andy Lee added, “There has never been a better time for the fight. It is a fight were the stakes are stalked high and that neither fighter can afford to lose, a defining moment in our careers. It is an ‘Irish High Noon’ shootout, a winner takes all fight, where both fighters will be 100% fired up for battle with their reputations and careers on the line and with the winner taking home more than his fight purse.”