Lee looking for world title in 2012

Andy Lee (27W-1L, 19KOs), Irish Kronk middleweight star sees 2012 has  the defining year of his professional career and the fearless Irishman has set  his sights on winning a world title in the next 12 months.

Team Lee strongly believe their fighter has earned his place to  challenge for a world title in 2012, the popular Kronk fighter is the hottest  property in Irish professional boxing and in recent years has scaled the heights  of world middleweight boxing to be presently positioned in the world rankings as  WBC #6, WBA # 2, and WBO #1.

In March 2011, Lee ranked WBC #14 and WBA #5  signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment Inc. with  the goal of developing and advancing his career aspirations. The Kronk fighter  believes premier promoter Lou DiBella will progress his title ambitions and  raise his stock value in boxing from being a world title contender to being a  world champion in 2012.

The Irishman’s debut under the DBE promotional banner took  place on March 12, 2011 and was broadcast live on HBO from the Foxwood Casino,  Connecticut. The fight was an epic battle  dubbed the ‘Celtic War’ against the then unbeaten world ranked Scotchman Craig McEwan  (19W, 1OKOS).

The fight was a barnstormer with both fighters trading  heavy leather from the opening bell. Lee relentless in his determination and  courage throughout the fight caught McEwan  with a devastating overhand left in the  10th round sending his opponent crashing to the canvas. Referee Steve  Stogger, concerned about the health and well being of McEwan stopped the fight  immediately without a count.

Lee’s next outing was on May 18, 2011  when he won both North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and North American  Boxing Association (NABA) against the experienced Alex ‘The Technician’ Bunema  at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Using  his long right jab the Kronk fighter effectively kept the durable  Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) at long range and in doing so comfortably won every  round of the fight. The judges’ scores were 100-90, 100-90 and  100-90.

The Kronk fighter put on a boxing master class in his last outing on  October 1, 2011 against the tough and resilient Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) at the  Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City live on HBO and Sky TV. He systematically broke  down his opponent over 10 rounds using his superior boxing  skills.

Lee controlled the fight by landing beautiful right hooks and  uppercuts and straight left hand power shots. Vera touched the canvas twice  during the fight, but stubbornly hung in there to the final bell. The ringside  judges scored the contest 99-90, 98-91 and 99-90.

The Kronk fighter falling to his knees when the fight ended was  elated with his win; he had avenged the only loss on his record to Vera on March  21, 2008 and on a personal level he was now satisfied he had redeemed himself  and banished a ghost.

The talented Irishman’s impressive performances in 2011 made an  emphatic statement to the belt holders in the middleweight division that he has  the skills and attributes necessary to challenge for and win a world  title.

Lee is pencilled in to fight again on Saturday, March 17 at MSG  Theater, New York on a St Patrick’s Day in a gala evening of Irish boxing with  the bout scheduled to be broadcast live on HBO. He hopes this fight will be the  springboard to land him a world title shot in the 2nd or  3rd quarter of 2012.

There are a number of world middleweight title contests planned and  scheduled in the 1st quarter of 2012 and Lee aims to fight one of the  winners; Julio Cesar Chavez Jr defends his WBC belt against Marco Antonio Rubio  on February 4, Daniel Geale defends his IBF belt against a yet to be named  opponent on March 7 and Sergio Martinez is due to defend his WBC Diamond and  Ring Magazine belts against Matthew Macklin on March 17 also at MSG Theater, New  York.

Lee commented “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. 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.

After my fight on March 17, I want to move up the WBC ratings and  capture the #1 spot as the mandatory challenger to the WBC title. I would relish  the opportunity to fight Martinez, Chavez Jr, Rubio, Macklin or Geale in a  championship fight. I have the skills and power to beat any of  them.”

2011 has been a good year for the ambitious Andy Lee under the  guidance of his respected and astute manager/trainer Emanuel Steward and his  experienced and progressive promoter Lou DiBella. Two entertaining performances  live on HBO is the perfect platform for the Kronk fighter to move forward on in  2012.

Lee has been pursuing his date with destiny from when he first laced  up a pair of boxing gloves at the age of 11 back in 1995. He had a very  successful amateur career winning a host of Irish national titles, multination  tournaments, a Silver medal in the World under 19s in 2002, a European Bronze  senior medal in 2003 and was a 2004 Irish Olympian.  In  January 2006, at the age of 21 he left his family and comfort zone in Ireland  and boarded an airplane bound for the renowned Kronk Boxing Gym in Detroit, USA  with the dream of someday becoming a world champion.

Since Lee’s pro debut at the famous Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on  March 10, 2006, Emanuel Steward, the boxing maestro has patiently nurtured and  honed the boxing skills of his pupil and carefully chartered a pathway for his  fighter to become a world title challenger.

The Irish Kronk star in the past 6 years has developed into a  seasoned fighter with an arsenal of weapons, he likes to mix it at times with  his opponents in fights but his greatest assets are that he can box and he can  bang. His natural tall and rangy physic allows him to box at range, pick his  punches and keep his distance.

Lee is also recognized as one of the strongest and most effective  punchers in the middleweight division with 19 of his 28 opponents going back to  the dressing room early.

Emanuel Steward commented “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.”

As the established and #1 Irish fighter in the US, Lee will certainly  attract many supporters and ticket sales from Irish communities in New York and  Ireland for his fight at MSG Theater on St Patrick’s Day 2012. This is the  perfect stage for ‘Irish Andy Lee’ to launch his world title assault in the  Mecca of boxing with the fanatical Irish crowd cheering him on from the  rafters.

The famous Irish American heavyweight fighter Gerry Cooney wisely  once said “You have a small period of time when you can perfect your career and  become good at it. A lot of guys get distracted, which only hurts them. You must  stay focused and work very hard at boxing.”

Andy Lee is going to take Gerry Cooney’s advice on board and use the  next period of time to perfect his talent, stay focussed on the big prize and  work very hard at his boxing so when his time comes in 2012 he will not just be  ready to challenge for a world title, but actually realise his childhood dream  and win a world title.

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