Currently ranked fifth internationally by the World Boxing Association, Andy Lee is regarded as Ireland’s best middleweight prospect and its best bet for glory at 160 pounds.
The Limerick southpaw has after six years as a professional under Hall
of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward amassed an impressive 24-1 ledger with
18 wins by knockout.
Lee’s next fight on March 12 against undefeated Scotsman Craig McEwan in Connecticut could earn him a world title shot this year.
Stylish in the ring with power in either hand, Lee started boxing at age eight in London and later honed his skills at the St. Francis ABC in Limerick City.
His glittering amateur career was highlighted by a silver medal at the
2002 World Junior championships, two Irish senior titles and a bronze medal at the 2004 European Amateur Boxing Championships.
The latter accomplishment qualified him for the Athens Olympics that same year where he was Ireland’s sole representative.
More importantly, Lee’s successes over American opposition in the amateur ranks garnered him attention from many leading US trainers including the legendary Steward, the man behind the phenomenal success of Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko to name a few.
Steward signed Lee to a manager-trainer contract in 2006 and the Irish star joined the American’s famed Kronk stable in Detroit, Michigan.
Steward has long touted the lanky 26 year-old Lee as the best middleweight in the world and believes that he will