Andy Lee wants St Patrick’s Day outing to lead to world title: This is my year

6 Jan

Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham

Middleweight contender Andy Lee, a 27-year-old Irishman who was born in London but operates out of Detroit, Michigan, has vowed to wrap a world championship belt around his waist in 2012, proclaiming this year to be his. Trainer Emanuel Steward, who owns the renowned Kronk Gym, has long had high praise for one of his premier prizefighters, labeling Lee the “most prominent and visible 160lber in the United States”.

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“I am 28 this June with nearly 30 fights under my belt. I have grown as a fighter and I am now ready and prepared to challenge for and win a world title,” said Lee (27-1-0, 19ko). “It is every boxer’s ambition to be a world champion and I believe this is my year.

“I have positioned myself nicely in the world ratings as a legitimate world title contender. In boxing, what you want, what you deserve and what you get are all different things. Boxing is a business as well as a sport and sometimes things come down to timing and being in the right place at the right time. I believe I am at that juncture in my career and I am more than ready for a title shot.”

He continued: “After my fight on March 17, I want to move up the WBC ratings and capture the number one spot as the mandatory challenger to the WBC title. I would relish the opportunity to fight [Sergio] Martinez, [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr, [Marco Antonio] Rubio, [Matthew] Macklin or [Daniel] Geale in a championship fight. I have the skills and power to beat any of them.”

Indeed, Lee’s skillset is not in question. The technically-savvy southpaw enjoyed a masterful 2011 in which he overcame Craig McEwan in a thrilling fight dubbed ‘Celtic War’ on the Martinez versus Serhiy Dzinziruk undercard in Connecticut in March. It was Lee’s debut performance under Lou DiBella’s promotional banner and the boxer-puncher did not disappoint as he secured a stunning tenth round technical knockout.

Lee followed that victory up with a shut-out ten round decision win over Alex Bunema in May, before avenging his sole defeat – to Brian Vera – in another one-sided victory, at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, in October. Lee is now ranked sixth by the WBC, third with the WBA and first with the WBO and, should he – as is expected – seal victory on St Patrick’s Day, on another Martinez undercard than a shot at Macklin or Sergio will presumably follow at the year’s end as all three pugilists share the same representative; DiBella.

His coach, Steward, believes that his fighter not only has the talent that warrants a world title shot, but also possesses the marketability to guarantee lucrative earnings for the broadcaster: “Andy is presently the most prominent and visible middleweight contender resident in the United States at this time; it makes good sporting and business sense for the television executives, promoters and sanctioning bodies to stage an Andy Lee world title fight in 2012.

“Andy is in the prime of his life and given the opportunity will give champions like Sergio Martinez and Julio Chavez Jr all the trouble they want. He is a superior technical boxer who can punch with both hands. No matter what fight Andy Lee is in he has the fans on the edge of their seats.”

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