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Billy Joe Saunders: Andy Lee is 'coming to an end' in his career

Billy Joe Saunders respects Andy Lee, but believes he's just too fresh for what he sees as a declining fighter.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Top middleweight contender Billy Joe Saunders likely has a WBO title fight waiting for him sometime this year against Andy Lee, and the 25-year-old southpaw says he sees Lee fading at this point in his career.

"Andy Lee is strong and game but he's been on the floor in his last three fights and is coming to the end. He's at a point where he's cashing in and I don't blame him for that but I'm too fresh for him. His luck has got to run out some time and I'm the man to take his title. He's got a lot of miles on the clock, unlike, say, [Gennady] Golovkin, who is still young and fresh as a champion."

Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO) fought to a split draw with Peter Quillin this past weekend on PBC on NBC, surviving a couple of early knockdowns to rally back and leave without a defeat.

Saunders (21-0, 11 KO) last fought on November 29, surviving a late rally attempt from Chris Eubank Jr in a highly-publicized grudge match between a pair of standout young fighters at 160. Saunders is tentatively slated to return on May 9 against an opponent to be named at Wembley Arena, on the same night that Eubank is penciled in to face veteran Les Sherrington.

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