Fight fans ‘craving’ Lee v Macklin bout

Irish middleweight Andy Lee has thrown down the gauntlet to Matthew Macklin to face him in 2014.

Fight fans ‘craving’ Lee v Macklin bout

Lee (31W, 2L, 22KOs) has grown tired of the speculation around a proposed fight between the pair and has now called on Macklin, (30W-5L, 20KOs) to step into the ring.

Lee said: “Matthew and I have both fought recently, we’re both from Ireland, we’re both middleweights, we’re similarly rated, we’re both in a similar position in our careers.

“Let’s give the boxing public the fight they crave for and let the best man win.

“This is a massive fight in Ireland, Boston, Chicago or New York and will pack any venue. I am ready for the fight, we both have the same promoter, Lou DiBella therefore the fight can easily be put together.”

Macklin has lost three world title challenges, controversially losing a split decision to WBA champion Felix Sturm, in Germany in June 2011, being retired in the 11th round in New York to WBC champion Sergio Martinez in March 2012 and losing a third round knockout in Connecticut to WBA champ Gennady Golovkin in June 2013.

In June 2012, Lee lost in his first world title bid, by way of a seventh round stoppage to Mexican WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in El Paso, Texas.

Lee continued: “The fight would be a critical moment in both fighters’ careers, a win for either of us would propel us to a world title fight again and whoever loses the fight will have to either pack it in or start again.

“It is a fight I want; people talk about it all the time, so let’s make it happen.”

Macklin admitted that though a rematch with Felix Sturm is top of his priorities, an all-Irish showdown with Lee could still be on the cards in 2014.

“The Lee fight is still a fight I’d be very open to,” he told Newstalk.

“I’ve always wanted it. It’s bigger now than it ever was. But obviously Felix Sturm beating Darren Barker in the fashion that he did, if he wants to give me a rematch, then it’s a fight I’d jump at.

“It’s a fight I won in the first place and was robbed. I think he owes me a rematch,”

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