Limerick boxer Lee will fight Macklin - but not yet

ANDY Lee and Matthew Macklin appear ready to give all Irish boxing fans the contest they crave.

ANDY Lee and Matthew Macklin appear ready to give all Irish boxing fans the contest they crave.

However, any proposed middleweight contest between the Limerick southpaw and the Birmingham born ‘Tipperary’ man won’t be happening in the immediate future.

Last Saturday, Castleconnell’s Lee returned to the ring for the first time in eight months.

The 28 year old’s comeback fight after losing last June’s world title fight to Chavez Jr in Texas was in Belfast.

Lee scored a points victory over Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald.

Within hours of Lee’s comeback victory, fellow Irish middleweight Macklin urged the Limerick man to sign up to a battle that would have all fight fans excited.

Macklin’s camp even suggested May 11 for the fight.

Both men are under contract to US promoter Lou DiBella and Macklin said it’s time for Lee’s actions to match his words.

“Lou has a HBO television date for May 11 and I know he wants to match myself and Andy on that show,” revealed Macklin.

“We’re both promoted by Lou so as Andy himself said there are no obstacles to making the fight. It could be made in five minutes, Lou has a TV date for it and I want the fight so the only question is does Andy really want it or does he just want to be seen to want it?”

Last Saturday was Lee’s first fight under new trainer Adam Booth and the first since the death of his former trainer Emmanuel Steward.

Lee has not ruled out fighting Macklin but has insists he needs at least one more fight before agreeing to that fight.

“It wasn’t my best, but he was very spirited and you have to give him credit,” said Lee after his Fitzgerald victory.

“He was very determined. He came here, had great support and rose to the occasion. I boxed okay in spurts, I’ll take something from it,” he said.

“It was my first time with Adam but there are no excuses, I’ll keep moving forward,” vowed the Limerick man, who could meet Darren Barker next.