MATTHEW Macklin is desperate for an Irish showdown with Andy Lee after the Limerick man said that Macklin would be one of the “easier” fights in the middleweight division.
In the lead-up to his laboured victory over Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald on Saturday in Belfast, Lee spoke of his desire to make the fight happen and Macklin is happy to oblige and has already earmarked a May date for the bout
"Lou (Dibela) has a HBO television date for 11 May and I know he wants to match myself and Andy on that show," revealed Birmingham-born Irishman 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?
"I've always said I'm open to fighting Andy, but it's only recently that I've heard him talk about a fight between us and now he says it would be an easy fight for him.
“He obviously didn't think that back in 2010 when he turned down a written offer by Brian Peters to fight me in Ireland for a six-figure purse.
"I didn't make a big deal about it at the time out of respect for Andy. It would have been an easy fight to make then and it's even easier now.
“I was surprised when I saw him say that a fight with me would be one of his easiest fights and I pulled him up on it on Twitter but he's gone very quiet since then."
Macklin continued his comments on Lee, saying: “I honestly don't believe he fancies it and never has, but he is after digging a hole for himself with his recent comments so it's time for him to put up or shut up.
"Face-to-face Andy has always been very respectful to me over the years and we got on quite well.
“He's a decent boxer, but privately he and the people around him have always known that I have his number.
“I've already told Lou that I'm happy to take the fight so if Andy wants it all he has to do is call Lou and we can get it on.
“Otherwise he needs to stop talking about a fight he's afraid to take and get on with his own career."