By Jonny Stapleton
Lou DiBella has promised Andy Lee the world title shot he desperately craves in 2012.
Lee’s DiBella stable mate and fellow Irish middleweight, Matthew Macklin beat the Limerick fighter to a showdown with Sergio Martinez and was officially announced as a March 17 challenger for the Ring Magazine champion earlier this week.
Former Irish Olympian, Lee, believed he was in pole to face the fighter being billed as ‘The Real Middleweight Champion’ and was said to be upset when he was piped to the fight by Macklin.
DiBella, however appeased the talented southpaw by promising his a shot at a title this year and it is quite possible Lee, who acts as chief support in Madison Square Garden on March 17, could face the winner of the main event.
“I promise Andy Lee will get his shot. Andy was a little bit upset because this is a fight he really wanted, a title shot against Sergio Matinez. It is a fight he actively sought. That’s how a boxer should feel if you don’t get a shot you should be upset.”
A world title fight may lay on the horizon for the 27 year old, but first he must successfully add victim 28 to his record. Undefeated prospect ‘Kid Chocolate’ has been touted and seems to be the all powerful HBO’s pick, but Lee is promising to beat down whoever is put in front of him.
“We don’t know my opponent yet but I promise it will be a good St Patrick’s Day whipping.There is nothing more I can wish for then to have this opportunity to fight at MSG on St Patrick’s Day. I consider myself as a serious contender and I hope to get my title shot in 2012.”