ANDY Lee plans to make some noise at light middleweight on the undercard of the eagerly anticipated Sergio Martinez Migeul Cotto clash in Madison Square Garden this coming Saturday, but knows John Jackson won’t go quietly into the night.
The former middleweight world title challenger has secured a world title eliminator in just his second bout at light middleweight. The Limerick favourite didn’t overly impress at 155 pounds against Frank Hortha, but the Adam Booth trained puncher is confident he has too much in his locker for Jackson, son of a former champ.
Lee predicts a tough nights work, but believes he will be too strong and slick for the American.
“He is very hungry, he is going to want to win obviously,” Lee told Boxingscene.
“He’s got that one lose to Willie Nelson, but it was a very close fight that could have went either way. If he wants to box I can box better than him. When he wants to fight, I can fight better than him. But I expect a hard fight. I know he is not going to go quietly. It’s going to be a hard fight and I just have to deal with whatever he brings.
“He is a good fighter no doubt about it and his dad was a good fighter. It’s obviously in his family, he has grown up with it so I know I am in for a tough fight.”
Lee has every motivation to pass said tough test. The 28 year old former Olympian knows a win will see him become mandatory for a World crown- and the fighter, who challenged Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for a middleweight strap, hopes to secure a light middleweight tilt before the year is out.
“This fight will be a 154 my last was 155. I felt strong, I felt faster than ever (in that last fight). I am tall for a middleweight anyway, strong at middleweight, so hopefully I will carry that down with me.
“This fight is an eliminator so win and i’ll be in line for a title. Before the end of the year I would like to be fighting for a World title.”