Irishman Andy Lee has been confirmed as a frontrunner to land a WBA and IBO middleweight title shot against Gennady Golovkin on April 26, according to the title holder’s trainer Abel Sanchez.
Sanchez says that despite plenty of fighters being mentioned for the HBO televised fight in New York City, Lee remains a serious contender to land the fight due to the disinterest of so many of the so-called top names.
“I’m not sure if Andy Lee will be the one as I believe it will be released at next week’s press conference, but he is the only one right now either not pricing himself out, or having some other excuse why he can’t fight Gennady on April 26,” Sanchez told World Boxing News.
“I think if I is Lee, he deserves it as he has progressed into a top 10 middleweight and we need fighters like Lee, not only to keep GGG busy, but to try and establish him as the best middleweight in the world.
“Whether it be by beating the best or making them run and hide when his name is mentioned, it’s something we have to continue to do.”
With Miguel Cotto currently still locked in negotiations with Sergio Martinez and Martin Murray no nearer to a rematch with Felix Sturm, Golovkin has been left with few options once again in his search for a credible fighter.
The 31 year-old’s next defence will go out live in the US, which makes it all the more important to put forward the bigger names, of which Andy Lee is certainly one due to his recent exploits at 160.
Monte Carlo winner Jarrod Fletcher would certainly not be well-known enough in the States to seal a fight with Golovkin just yet and Lee stands out as the sensible choice if all can be agreed by next week.
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