22 May 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Andy Lee is now officially on a revenge mission and has set his sights on gunning down Brian Vera this Autumn.
The Limerick southpaw claims his sole career blip still leaves a bad taste in his mouth and he wants to replace it with the sweet taste of victory on a HBO show in August. The Kronk fighter has instructed promoter Lou De Bella to make the fight with the Texan.
An ill Lee was en route to registering a win over Vera in 2008 before being stopped and has been itching to rectify the disappointing reverse since. The former Irish amateur stand out claims he has been tormented by the Vera loss and it appears he will finally get the chance to put that by now infamous fight behind him by securing a bout he doesnt just want but needs.
Lee also stressed if he does secure Vera redemption the natural progression would see him challenge for boxings holy grail, a world title.
Speaking to www.irish-boxing.com after he claimed NABF and NABA Middleweight titles with victory over Alex Bunema, Lee said.
After the fight, I spoke to Lou De Bella and I told him that I want Fight Vera. The rematch is a long time coming now, but I feel I need that fight for my own well being. I still think about our fight and it still leaves a bitter taste. If I fight Vera, avenge my only loss then there will be nothing for me to do but challenge for a world title. Hopefully they can work it out and get the fight made for some time in the autumn.
Lee may now be focused on revenge but he did take time to reflect on professional victory 26. The Manny Steward trained fighter was happy with his performance against durable and experienced opposition last Wednesday night. The middleweight contenders team were also impressed and stressed it was one of his best outings since he ditched the head gear and vest.
The fight went well. As I expected, Bunema was tough and took a lot of good punches. He used all his experience to survive, after the first few rounds it was clear he couldn’t match me for speed so he choose to sit on the ropes. He tried to draw me in and onto a big punch. So I boxed him, I tried for the knock out, but like I said he knew how to survive. Emanuel and the whole team were happy with the performance, according to Emanuel it was one of my best fights.