The Limerick southpaw, who defends his WBO belt against Peter Quillin in New York on April 11, was at ringside in Monte Carlo on Saturday watching WBA/IBO/WBC champion Golovkin stop England’s Martin Murray in the 11th round.
Murray was down twice in the fourth after being dropped by body shots and was floored again in the 10th as the unbeaten Kazakh improved to 32 wins (29 KO) in Monaco.
Saturday’s win was Golovkin’s 19th straight inside-the-distance victory. Golovkin beat Lee (29-9) en route to gold in the last 16 the 2003 AIBA World Elite Championships in Bangkok.
Ireland’s only boxer at the 2004 Olympics believes the only way to beat Golovkin is to stop him. Lee said: “It’s inevitable that we fight, as long as I hold onto my belt. I don’t see anyone taking his belt. You’ve got to match him with punches. You’ve got to fight him and take him out.”
Meanwhile Sean McComb has withdrawn from the Irish squad for the 66th Strandja multi nations — which begins in Sofia, Bulgaria tomorrow — because of injury.
Nine Irish Elite champions, including London 2012 Olympians Adam Nolan and Darren O’Neill, compete in the event.
Irish squad: 49kg: B Irvine (St Paul’s Antrim); F51kg: C Smith (Cavan); 52kg: M Casey (St Francis); 56kg: K Walker (Canal); 69kg: A Nolan (Bray); 75kg: M O’Reilly (Portlaoise); F75kg: L Traynor (Bray); 91kg: D O’Neill (Paulstown); 91+kg: D Gardiner (Clonmel)