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Andy Lee ready for 'biggest fight of my life'

The Irish boxer also admitted to becoming disillusioned with boxing’s politics over the years.

Andy Lee expects
Andy Lee expects "a battle of attrition" with Chavez.

ANDY LEE HAS expressed his delight at the news that his fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has been confirmed.

Speaking on Newsalk’s Off the Ball, Lee said he was ready for what he called the “biggest fight of my life,”  adding: “It’s been a long time coming, but I believe now’s the right time.”

However, he has told his relatives to “hold off on the flights until the contract’s been signed”.

Lee also admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on a big St Patrick’s Day fight, with his fellow Irishman Matthew Macklin being chosen ahead of him to take on Sergio Martinez.

“I felt like I was good enough to be in there with either of them,” he said.

And asked whether he thought fighting Chavez would be a less daunting prospect than Martinez, he said:

“Martinez has a bigger reputation. But Chavez presents a different task. He’s a physical fighter. It’s more a battle of attrition with him.

“It’s a tough fight in a lot of ways, but he’s not unbeatable by any stretch of the imagination.”

The 27-year-old added that he never lost hope that a big opportunity would present itself, though he admitted he often became fed up with one particular aspect of the sport:

“The business side of things, politics – those type of things drag you down and can make you disillusioned. Everyone in boxing has those problems. But ever since I was an amateur, things have always worked out.”

The fight is due to take place on June 16.

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