12 March 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Andy Lee believes he will put himself firmly on the world title path with a stylish victory over Scot Craig McEwan in what is being billed as an all or nothing career cross roads fight tonight.
Limerick southpaw Lee faces his stiffest test to date in a St Patricks week Celtic War clash in Foxwoods Casino, but is confident he can put in the type of performance that will confirm his championship contender status. The Emanuel Steward trained 26 year old challenges the Freddie Roach trained pugilist on the under card of Sergio Martinez and Sergei Dzinziruk’s WBC world middleweight clash. And the Detroit based former Olympian is adamant he will use the platform provided by fighting a the chief supporting bout to a world championship title contest as the gateway to bigger and better things.
However, despite having the winner of the main event in his sights, Lee first have to overcome McEwen (19-0), who he convincingly beat in the amateurs.
I am very confident of winning this fight. I am totally focussed on the job, said Lee. Im in against an undefeated, hungry and tricky technical boxer with a snappy jab. However, I have the talent to outbox McEwan and also the tools to knock him out. Even if it goes into the trenches Im ready and armed for a bloody war. Believe me I aim to win. This is an all or nothing fight, the Limerick man added before revealing he wants a performance and not just a win tonight.
I hope to impress. I dont just want to win the fight I want to look good in doing it. If I do that it will solidify my claim as a title contender. if I can win in style then Ill turn some heads and maybe people will start to see me as a title challenger. Ive already had calls to challenge some of the other title holders in the past, but Sergio Martinez is the best middleweight and I would like to fight him.
If I win I think I will be in line for a title fight sometime this year. Maybe one more fight and then a title tilt. I believe Im ready and my time will come this year.
Both boxers weighed in for the Setanta televised bout on Friday with Lee tipping 162.6lbs and McEwan a pound lighter at 161.4 lbs.