Following two pull-outs in his scheduled fight against Billy Joe Saunders (22-0), Andy Lee (34-2-1) looks to put all doubt and need for scorecards aside with a decisive KO victory to retain his WBO middleweight championship. After the 6th and final press conference, Andy Lee is ready to get back to work with his camp kicked into high gear in anticipation for his upcoming fight on Dec 19th. “Eat, Sleep, Train” is what Andy is focused on when getting into camp; channeling his mentor and late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward’s philosophy that winning on the scorecard isn’t enough. “Use tricks for the KO, dress ‘em up and knock him out.”
Andy Lee will definitely need to go to work early and often if he’s going to KO the undefeated Saunders. In Lee’s last outing, a split decision draw against Peter Quillin, his belt was not on the line due to Quillin missing weight on the April 11th fight card in Brooklyn, NY. Lee attributes finding his Southpaw KO power in his professional career Lee to working on his technique that has produced speed, which has led to his increased accuracy and power; putting fighters such as Matt Korobov, John Jackson, and Ferenc Hafner to the canvas.
Experience and rest may be a winning combination for the 31-year-old Lee. In Lee, the hope is that the middleweight division has a new shining light to add to the HBO anointment of Gennady Golovkin as the new world beating, Apple sponsored, superstar. As a prize fighter, Golovkin is the new money and Lee may be lined up for a shot at Golovkin and the pay-per-view money should he come out victorious against Saunders- one task a time. But with the prospect of a unification fight looming, Lee must remain focused and take out Billy Joe Saunders convincingly before entertaining thoughts of entering the ring with “Triple G” and the opportunity at putting another middleweight championship belt around his waist.