Ogogo predicts close fight, slightly favours Lee over Saunders

Anthony Ogogo believes Andy Lee has a tough task on his hands to defend the WBO middleweight belt in a forthcoming blockbuster defence against Billy Joe Saunders on December 19.

Champion Lee was originally set for a home clash in Ireland at Thomond Park in Limerick before the fight was switched to September at Manchester Arena, although the bout was further delayed until the run up to Christmas.

Promising 160 pounder Ogogo, who is 8-0 since entering the pro ranks, sees a tight tussle ensuing when the pair collide as Lee and Saunders fight it out for a possible unification against Gennady Golovkin in the latter part of next year.

Golovkin recently cemented his place as the best in the division with a crushing win over David Lemieux, whilst Ogogo sees veteran Miguel Cotto as the next best in line and says Lee or Saunders would struggle against either.

“Lee v Saunders is a good fight, but I don’t think either guy would be able to compete with the top two in the division in Cotto and Golovkin,” Ogogo told World Boxing News.

“Cotto and Golovkin are the proper world champions in my opinion at 160lbs, but it’s a great fight nonetheless and both guys are in that category just below those two.

“They will want to win to put their name in with a shout of getting a fight with either of those two and the fight has become more of a 50/50 now that it’s been switched from Limerick to Manchester.

“Andy Lee will have to box better and not rely on his right hook to get him out of trouble like he has done lately. If he can do that, I think he will nick the fight – but Saunders will make it an entertaining fight with his style.”

A recent appearance on top-rated BBC show Strictly Come Dancing has coincided with Ogogo preparing for a ring return as the 26 year- recovers from a shoulder injury suffered during his July victory over Ruslan Schelev in Germany.