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Lee sets his sights on Macklin after easy Hafner victory

An All-Irish middleweight bout could take place early next year.

Lee catches Hafner last night.
Lee catches Hafner last night.
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ANDY LEE IS hopeful of finally getting the chance to fight Matthew Macklin after defeating Ferenc Hafner last night.

The Limerick middleweight overcame his Hungarian opponent with a second round stoppage on the undercard of the Carl Froch v George Groves fight at Manchester’s Phones4U Arena last night and immediately turned his attention to his fellow Irishman.

Rumours suggest a much-anticipated bout between the pair could take place on St Patrick’s Day.

“I felt a bit rusty to be honest,” Lee said in his post-fight interview. “I’ve been out of the ring awhile and maybe that led to some of the defensive lapses but he came and gave it a go and hats off to him.

“I caught him with some good shots and maybe I was loading up on him a little too much in there. And when Adam (Booth) told me just to step back, use your jab and let the shots go with speed instead of loading up, the knock-downs came.

On the prospect of facing Macklin, he added: “There’s nothing official but I want the fight.

Hopefully he wants to fight, I think he said he wants to fight. So let’s get it on, there’s no need for us not to.

“We’re both from Ireland, we’re both middleweights, we’re both similarly rated and in similar positions in our careers so let’s let the best man win.”

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