Middleweight Andy Lee in training camp with Wladimir Klitschko
Middleweight Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) is back in Europe in training camp with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Austria.
Lee, who was last in action on October 1 when he dominated Bryan Vera in a unanimous decision win in Atlantic City, is still waiting to find out what is next for him.
“Still no confirmation on my next fight. I've heard some talk about St. Patrick’s Day in New York, but there's nothing confirmed yet,” he told the Irish Voice via e-mail.
“I’m in Austria training, just staying in shape and sharpening up. I'm sparring with Tony Harrison and Domonique Dolton and will probably do some rounds with Wladimir towards the end of camp,” he added.
”I'm staying in shape and getting ready for a big 2012, where I hope to challenge and win a world title.”
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Lee’s promoter, Lou Di Bella, was busy on Twitter early Sunday morning, giving his thoughts on a possible match up between Lee and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., who defended his WBC middleweight title with a fifth round TKO of Peter Manfredo, Jr. on Saturday night.
“Would love to see Chavez, Jr. and Andy Lee. Would be a war and, probably, a new champ,” DiBella tweeted.
The Irish Voice tried to get reaction from Lee about this potential foe but could not reach the 27-year-old before press time.
He did, however, tweet back to DiBella on Sunday, simply saying, “Make the fight!”
Were that match made, the promoter would secure a world title shot for one of his two Irish middleweights on his books.
The other Irish fighter, Matthew Macklin, has been campaigning hard in recent weeks to seal a St. Patrick’s Day fight against Sergio Martinez, the
Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond middleweight champion.
In several recent interviews, Macklin has told the media that if Martinez can’t make a fight with Floyd Mayweather, he is confident he will fight the Argentinean on March 17 in Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile, heavyweight Thomas Hardwick (3-0) has changed both gym and trainer as he readies himself for his next fight, tentatively scheduled for January 21 at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
For the first three fights of his professional career, Hardwick worked out of Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn under the tutelage of Grant Seligson.
Hardwick now trains out of the SportsLab NYC in Midtown Manhattan and is trained by Matthew "Sykes" Olszewski.
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