After two previous postponements, Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) appears to be a bit tired of talking about Billy Joe Saunders (22-0 12 KOs), who he will face this Saturday in Manchester, And what he wants next is a shot at Gennady Golovkin.. Now, he'd rather talk about what comes after Saunders, should he emerge victorious.
"For me most of all, the Golovkin fight makes sense because of my history, my reputation I've built up in America after fighting there quite a few times and where I'm more known than Billy Joe," Lee told ESPN.
"He's the best in the division but if anyone can beat him it's me," Lee said. "I'm a match for him in terms of punching power and technique."
Golovkin is said to have already come to an agreement for a Fall 2016 fight with Canelo Alvarez, so that still leaves an open slot at the top of the year for Golovkin, one that Andy Lee is hoping to get the call for. Despite having some goals for the near future, Lee insists he's not looking past Saunders.
"But I'm not looking past Billy Joe. If I beat Billy Joe, [Golovkin's] a fight I want after this one. In terms of knock out power I think I'm the biggest puncher in the division, I can knock people out with one punch, I've done it before a few times and can do it again."
It's doubtful that many people will agree that Lee can match Golovkin in either power or skill, but Lee does have a little flair for the dramatic, with a few memorable come from behind knockouts under his belt. But how many times can one bank on landing that hail mary shot, particularly against someone of Golovkin's quality?