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Lee calls for a shot at Golovkin or Jacobs as he announces plans to return to the ring

“I want to test myself and fight and beat the best. That has been my motivation during my career.”

Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee.
Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

ANDY LEE INTENDS to compete again soon and he’s not interested in easing his way back in with a straightforward tune-up fight.

Lee (34-3-1), who hasn’t fought since relinquishing his WBO middleweight title after a majority-decision loss to Billy Joe Saunders last December, has expressed his desire to take on Danny Jacobs or Gennady Golovkin.

Jacobs successfully defended his WBA middleweight title with a seventh-round stoppage of Sergio Mora in the US over the weekend, while Golovkin — the WBC, IBF and IBO world champion — took his undefeated record to 36-0 when Kell Brook’s corner threw in the towel in the fifth round of their bout in London.

“I have had a bit of a lay-off since my last fight but I want to get back to boxing. What better way to get back than in a championship fight?” Lee said in a press release issued by his camp.

“I have no qualms about challenging Danny or Gennady, or any other top fighter. I am in the business of fighting, that is what I do for a living. As a professional athlete I want to test myself and fight and beat the best. That has been my motivation during my career.”

Golovkin, who admitted his interest in a meeting with Billy Joe Saunders after Saturday’s win, was due to face Lee in April 2014 but the fight was cancelled following the death of the Kazakh’s father. According to Lee’s camp, the Limerick native was also approached in May of this year about a potential clash with 29-year-old New Yorker Jacobs (32-1).

The press release from Lee’s team explains that the 32-year-old is now back in the gym and it describes him as ”a formidable opponent for any of the top middleweight fighters such as Danny Jacobs, Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.”

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