Andy Lee says he wants to fight middleweight king Gennady Golovkin because he’d be the first fighter to give him “serious problems”.
Lee, the WBO middleweight world champion will take on challenger Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester on Saturday night, in his first official defence since winning the title a year ago.
Should Lee (34-2-1-KO24) come through the bout, he says he would want the chance to take on Golovkin, who is expected to face Saul Alvarez in the autumn, claiming he has the size and the power to give the 33-year-old problems.
“It’s all speculation and if I don’t beat Billy Joe Saunders it won’t happen,” Lee told Sky Sports.
“But I believe I am the only one who can give him a serious challenge out there. I have the size, the punch and the boxing ringcraft.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone push him back or bully him like he does to his opponents.
“And for me, you have to give him bit of that, not tense up or tighten up under the pressure he puts people under. You have to be an animal if you want to beat an animal. And I’d do that.”
Lee’s showdown with Saunders has been pushed back twice in the last two months which means the Irishman has seen Chris Eubank Jr join up with his trainer Adam Booth.
The middleweights have been training with Boot at different times and venues before Eubank Jr beat Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan at the O2 on Saturday, but now the WBO champion says he will step out of the shadows and make a statement against Saunders.
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