Andy Lee - Official Update - "I'm training now with Adam Booth"
By Special to Doghouse Boxing (Feb 4, 2013)
Irish middleweight contender, Andy Lee (28W-2L, 20KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday evening
against the durable Anthony Fitzgerald (13W-3L, 1 KO) at Belfast’s Odyssey
Arena live on Sky Sports in the Betfair’s ‘Unfinished Business’ boxing event.
This will be Lee’s first outing since he suffered a
seventh-round stoppage loss when he bravely challenged Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
for the WBC world middleweight title on June 16 in El Paso, Texas. Before the
stoppage Lee was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.
In September 2012 Lee made a career decision to
relocate his training base to London and team up with Adam Booth, one of the
most respected and sought after boxing trainers in the UK.
Lee believes fights in 2013 will provide him with
the opportunity to rebuild his career and the Fitzgerald fight is the first
step on that road back to title contention.
“I’m training now with Adam Booth, he’s an
excellent world class trainer. We have worked
hard together over the last five months in the gym reappraising my boxing style
and making adjustments to my game. He’s a very smart and strategic
trainer and he has taught me a lot of new
things in a short
period of time.”
“A new location and trainer has reinvigorated
me, it is a new beginning and chapter in my life. I can’t wait to step into the
ring and get back to winning ways. Anthony Fitzgerald is a game and gutsy
fighter and he is looking for an upset.”
“However, I’m totally focused on the job at
hand, I will be in Belfast to take care of business and leave nothing to chance.
I intend to put in a quality performance and showcase my skills with an
impressive win come Saturday night.”
“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and
Matchroom Sport for this opportunity to fight in Belfast live on Sky TV.”
Lee is presently ranked WBC # 7 and WBA #9; Team
Lee see a win on Saturday night opening doors in the UK and Ireland for
domestic fights with fighters like Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin or Martin
Murray and also complementing and progressing his boxing career in the USA.
Irish southpaw has repositioned himself and aims to exploit and benefit from
two supply streams of fights on both sides of the Atlantic on his comeback trail.
But first things first, Anthony Fitzgerald needs to be defeated and taken care
is the boxing capitol of Ireland and Andy Lee is confident he will imposingly
defeat Anthony Fitzgerald ‘The Pride of Dublin’ at the Odyssey Arena in another
memorable night of boxing in the City.
The main headliner bouts on Saturday will feature Carl
Frampton challenging Kiko Martinez for his European super bantamweight title
and Martin Lindsay will compete for the British and Commonwealth featherweight
title against Lee Selby.
A host of other local fighters will also be in
action; Martin Rogan, Jamie Conlon, Eamon O’Kane, Marc McCullough and Daniel
Sergio Martinez, WBC world middleweight champion
who promotes Spanish fighter Kiko Martinez plans to travel and be at ringside
on the evening.
Floor and tiered seats are on sale from the Odyssey
Arena website www.odysseyarena.com priced £30, £40 and £60 and Ringside tickets
at £100. Ringside tickets at £100 and Inner-Ringside VIP tickets at £150 are
both available from Matchroom Boxing’s website www.matchroomboxing.com
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