Macklin: Myself versus Andy Lee could be Ireland’s Froch v Groves

MATTHEW Macklin versus Andy Lee could be Ireland’s answer to Carl Froch versus George Groves, claims Macklin himself.

Froch v Groves II has gone down as the ‘biggest fight in British boxing history’ and Matchrooms latest signing, Macklin believes a battle between himself and Lee could be the biggest ever all Irish fight.

The Tipperary Limerick Munster punch up has been on the wish list of Irish fight fans for nigh on five years, that desire to see the pair fight aligned with the Sky Sport News treatment certainly would make it a major Irish event.

Macklin claims the bout has been discussed and with both parties open to fighting, it could be made for November.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Macklin said: “We saw what Eddie did at Wembley for Froch-Groves and I think Lee and me would be the Irish version of that. If it happens this side of Christmas it won’t be outdoors but if it is next summer we could do it in a stadium.

“But it’s closer than ever. I think he’s at the stage of his career where he will fight me now. If he gets a shot at light-middle he might pursue that but if he wants to fight at middleweight where else has he got to go but me?

“Eddie has spoken about the O2 in Dublin and also a possible date in November. It’s not just talk, it’s something he’s keen on doing.”

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