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Andy Lee primed for fight against French opponent Frank Haroche Horta

Updated: Friday, 11 Apr 2014 11:55 | Comments

Andy Lee has suffered two defeats in a 32-fight professional career
Andy Lee has suffered two defeats in a 32-fight professional career

Ireland’s Andy Lee takes on French fighter Frank Haroche Horta in a middleweight bout in Denmark on Saturday evening.

The Limerick man had been lined up for a title shot against unbeaten world champion Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in New York on 26 April, but that bout had to be cancelled due to the sudden death of the Kazakh pugilist’s father in the middle of February.

Golovkin, whose two older brothers died in military combat while serving in the Russian army in the 1990s, returned to his homeland to undertake a traditional 40-day mourning period.

Horta is regarded as a durable opponent and has only been stopped twice in 51 outings over his eight-year professional career.

“I'm really looking forward to fighting on Saturday night,” Lee said.

“I expect a tough fight and for me to put in a good performance. I have trained hard for this fight and I am ready to win.”

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