ANDY Lee is in line for a return to the ring against former WBA champion Daniel Jacobs.
Limerick’s former WBO middleweight champion could be set for the exciting fight in New York on April 28.
Lee fought just once – last March – since losing his title to Billy Joe Saunders in December 2015.
However, the Limerick southpaw is still among the top ranked middleweights in the world.
The married, father of one, has set this June as his own personal deadline to decide on any potential retirement.
The potential to fight Jacobs has edged closer in the last 48-hours and Lee has confirmed he would take the fight.
“That is the fight I want,” said the Limerick hero of the April 28 bout in the Barclays Centre in New York which would be live on Home Box Office.
“It’s been mentioned a few times – even last year, as early as October, that a potential fight with Jacobs could be in the offering for this year. I was under the assumption that it was going to be Spike O’Sullivan that was going to fight him and it seems they were in talks and it seemed both sides were up for it but last night (Monday) I got a text message from Adam Booth saying he had contact from Eddie Hearn saying if there was a possibility to fight Daniel Jacobs would I be interested and of course I said yes,” explained the 33 year old.
“When I got that text from Adam Booth, the excitement that I got and the buzz and the buzz I am feeling since for a potential fight means that I know it is still in me and that I still want to do it – I am not dreading going back training and not dreading having to go back into the ring. I’m excited about it and that tells me enough that I want to do it – I was in the gym at 7am!”
Lee added: “I am open for the fight and they know where I am at and how much I want to fight and they know when I want to fight”.
“April 28 would suit me and gives plenty times to get back into shape – there is no barrier from my side. If they want this fight, I am ready to go," Andy Lee told Newstalk.
The fight would need to be confirmed by the end of January to allow Lee time to prepare.
“I would have maybe a week or two of pre-camp here at home and then get over to England. I’m not sure how many weeks but I would need a longer than usual training camp,” he outlined.
If the Jacobs fight falls, Lee could be edging closer to retirement.
“I have given myself six months – if I get to June and I haven’t fought then I will have to sit down and make a decision. I am 33 which is still quite young for middleweight boxers and I still feel I can compete at the highest level,” he said.
Katie Taylor could potentially appear on the undercard of the Danny Jacobs bout.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking about his plans for Taylor after revealing that her homecoming bout in April was to be put on hold, with a September date now mooted.
“There's an opportunity to fight on the Jacobs card on April 28," said Hearn of Taylor.
"It's all a bit up in the air at the moment. If Danny Jacobs fights Spike O'Sullivan, which I hoped would happen but it doesn't look like Spike's side want it - not Spike himself by the way. I know he'd fight anybody. It's politics basically, which is a shame because it's a big payday, a big fight. Possibly Andy Lee might get the opportunity against Danny Jacobs as well. If that's the case, I would like to do Katie Taylor in a unification fight there and then an undisputed fight for the September in Dublin," explained Hearn.