Lee wins and now wants crack at Golovkin

Limerick’s former WBO World middleweight champion Andy Lee returned to the ring with an unanimous decision victory over KeAndrae Leatherwood at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

TAKE THAT: Andy Lee lands a right on the chin of KeAndrae Leatherwood at Madison Square Garden, New York, on Saturday. Picture: INPHO/Tom Hogan

Despite a low-octane affair which was punctuated by boos from the infamously impatient New York audience, the 32-year-old still fancies a crack at the 160-pound Kazakh colossus that is Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin, who retained his lineal title with a hard-earned decision victory over Brooklyn’s Danny Jacobs at the same venue on Saturday – ending his run of 23 consecutive knockouts.

“I’m ready for the fight if it ever came my way,” Lee said. “I know you wouldn’t believe it on that performance, but I know I’m ready, and it’s about levels and the competition you’re in with.

“I think he (Golovkin) has a million opportunities and options in terms of Canelo and Billie Joe Saunders but I’m there or thereabouts and ready to fight him whenever the call comes.”

Word in New York is that Golovkin has signed to fight former Lee conqueror Saunders in June. Lee, however, might be a touch preoccupied in three months’ time, revealing he and his wife Maud are expecting their first child this summer.

“Yeah, it hasn’t been a distraction at all,” said Lee. “It’s been a pleasant feeling in the back of my mind, but it [still] is in the back of my mind, and so now that the fight is out of the way I’ll look forward to that now.”

The fight itself saw Lee rid himself of ring rust after a 15-month absence; his fists were whistling through the Manhattan air early doors, but by the sixth round he was bouncing Leatherwood’s head like a ball and string. Ultimately it was a get-busy-again victory which just about keeps Lee in title conversation.

“It just means I’m active again and eight rounds was probably better than getting a first-round knockout in the long term. It’s not as sensational and it won’t make as many headlines but for me it’s probably better. This gets me active again and it’s a win,” said Lee.

“We’ll see… I’ll give it another year, 18 months, we’ll see… One more run at the title. Three fights, four fights.”

Greater challenges and triumphs await, both in and out of the squared circle.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Why Irish boxing should be thankful to Conor McGregor

Lewis Hamilton vows to keep on racing

Ward on course for third European boxing title in Ukraine

OCI remain knee-deep in Rio clean-up operation


Breaking Stories

Cavan hold off Offaly at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore

Armagh back in business as they claim win over Fermanagh at Athletic Grounds

Lance Stroll became part of Formula One history and did a shoey to boot

Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez prove age is just a number in one Sunday afternoon

Lifestyle

Inistearaght: The Blasket that looks like a Skellig

Meet the woman turning the oceans’ trash into photographic gold

20 years later, people are still spellbound by Harry Potter

A passion for Harry Potter - the books that taught a generation about friendship, courage and learning

More From The Irish Examiner