Andy Lee seeks WBC World Title Showdown with Chavez Jr.
The hungry Kronk fighter is presently listed in the world rankings as WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2
Lee commented “I have been patiently waiting for my opportunity and now that the dust has settle in the first quarter of 2012 there should be different options emerging for me to challenge for a world title. I strongly feel I deserve my shot. I have worked hard in the last 6 years and with dedication and perseverance got myself positioned as a legitimate world title contender.
I now have my sights fixed on fighting not just Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but also other champions such as Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale or Felix Sturm. I am gunning for all of them. I am looking to square off with any one of those guys in the ring within the next three to six months.
I am a prize-fighter that is what I do for a living and why I came to America. I am driven by the ambition to be successful in my career and become world champion. I take that task very seriously; I have dedicated my life to boxing and made a lot of sacrifices.”
Emanuel Steward believes his fighter has all the tools to become world champion.
Steward commented “Andy came to the Kronk Gym, Detroit six years ago following a successful amateur career, an U19 World Silver Medallist in 2002 and Athens Olympian in 2004. He has had almost 30 fights as a pro, he is at the top of the world rankings and at the age of 27 he is in the prime of his life.
Andy has earned his place to challenge for a world title. He is an exciting fighter who can box, fight in the trenches and can bang with either hand. We are primed and ready to fight for a world title when the opportunity arises.”
Lee’s other World Championship Target Fights are:
Sergio Martinez, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Champion
A fight with Sergio Martinez (49w, 2l, 2d, 28kos), WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Champion, both fighters share the same promoter (DiBella Entertainment Inc.).
Martinez from Buenos Aires, Argentina turned 37 years old on February 21, 2012 and despite the years on the clock is a phenomenal athlete. The Argentine is a slick and skilful counterpuncher who can punch effectively and has impressively produced 4 KO victories in his last 4 fights against Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin.
Lee believes his youth, physical size, aggressive technical boxing style and power can beat Martinez.
Daniel Geale, IBF Champion
Daniel Geale (27w, 1l, 15 kos) became IBF Champion on May 7, 2011 with a split points decision win over Germany’s Sebastian Sylvester and since then has successful defended his title twice, most recently on March 7 against Osumanu Adama. Geale from New South Wales, Australia is a very skilful technical boxer, with a good work ethic, but limited power.
Geale handlers recently expressed it is their goal to bring Geale to America this year. Gary Shaw, Geale’s US promoter could make a straightforward match with Lee and for the fight to be broadcast by HBO Boxing or Showtime.
Lee fancies his chances in a fight against the 31 year old Geale and feels he has the strength, power and ring craft to beat him.
Felix Sturm, WBA Super Champion
The 33 year old German Felix Sturm (36w, 2l, 2d, 15 kos) has had 11 successful title defences of his WBA belt since winning it back on April 28, 2007 against Spain’s Javier Castillejo.
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