Andy Lee from Limerick, Ireland. **AND THE NEW** WBO middleweight World champion after defeating Matt Korobov (TKO 6), 13th December 2014, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas. SIGNED amateur Belfast Boxing Equipment vest/singlet.
Condition excellent (signature signed in black sharpie on dark background. However, still clearly visible)
Andy Lee vs Matt Korobov
*Sudden power right hook by Lee staggered Korobov, badly hurting him, with Lee follow up flurry causing the end of the contest.
*Lee won the WBO vacant middleweight World title bout in memory of his deceased trainer Emanuel Steward.
*Lee wins World title unification shot at Gennady Golovkin with this major win over previously unbeaten Korobov.
*CompuBox Punch Statistics
*Landed 48 55
*Thrown 139 238
*Percentage 35% 23%
Andy Lee (born 11 June 1984) from Limerick. He is the current WBO Middleweight champion.
Lee was born in Bow, London, England to Irish parents. In 1998, his parents returned to Castleconnell, County Limerick, Ireland with their six children.
Lee had been boxing at the Repton Boxing Club in London from the age of eight and upon moving to Ireland Lee and his brothers, Tommy and Ned, joined St Francis ABC in Limerick city where his boxing career took off.
World Junior Championships
Lee represented Ireland at the 2002 World Junior championships in Santiago de Cuba in the middleweight (75 kg) category. Lee fought five times in a week beating Ismail Sillakh and USA favourite Jesus Gonzales but lost the final to Cuban boxer Noelvis Diaz to claim the silver medal.
Irish Senior Titles
In February 2003, Lee, aged 17, fought for the Irish senior amateur title in the middleweight division. That year he was beaten in the final by Belfast man Eamonn O'Kane. The following year Lee won the title after overcoming Patrick Murray for the honour and in 2005 Lee retained the title beating O'Kane in the final.
2004 Summer Olympics
At the 2003 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Bangkok, which doubled up as a qualifier for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Lee was beaten on points by eventual winner Gennady Golovkin by 29:9. Lee's next chance to qualify for the Olympics, came at the 2004 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Pula, Croatia.
Lee earned a bronze medal at this competition and thereby qualified, as the only boxer, to represent Ireland at the Olympics.
At the Olympics Lee beat Mexican Alfredo Angulo 38:23 on points in the first round. In the second round Lee faced Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of Cameroon, after four rounds the fight was drawn 27:27 and the bout was decided by "count-back" and the verdict went the way of the Cameroonian, which ended Lee's hopes of a medal. Lee was bitterly disappointed in the result and stated "I just didn’t fight to my ability. But when I got back home the people treated me like I’d won the gold medal."
After the Olympics, the Irish Sports Council had stated that they were prepared to fund Lee in order that he could continue and compete at the Beijing Olympics. However, Lee turned this down and signed as a professional with trainer-manager Emanuel Steward, who had followed Lee's progress since the World junior championships. Lee then emigrated to the United States to join Steward's Kronk Gym in Detroit.
His first professional bout was in March 2006, at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, in which Lee beat Anthony Cannon on a points decision over six rounds on a card that featured Johnathon Banks.
On 15 December 2007, Lee became the Irish Super-middleweight champion after he beat fellow Irishman Jason McKay at the National Stadium in Dublin.
In April 2007, HBO featured Lee as one of boxing's top prospects, with Larry Merchant commenting "he [Lee] looks like 10 million dollars". Star coach Steward has also been quick to praise Lee, claiming on RTE television that by the end of 2008 he would defeat current World champion - Kelly Pavlik.
In December 2007 ESPN also listed Lee as a top prospect saying "Lee has all the potential to be the next great middleweight star. The 2004 Irish Olympian is a 6-2 southpaw with skills, power and a streak as mean in the ring as he is personable outside of it. With trainer/manager Emanuel Steward moulding him, Lee is moving quickly. He was 8-0 in 2007, including a thunderous knockout of faded former titleholder Carl Daniels. Lee is as blue chip as they come. If you could get stock in a prospect, he'd be near the top of the buy list."
On 21 March 2008, during his debut on ESPN 2, Lee suffered his first defeat after losing by TKO in the seventh round to Brian Vera. The stoppage was mildly controversial, as Lee was winning on points, and was still punching back as the referee Tony Chiarantano stepped in. However, he had been reeling and unsteady from heavy punishment and fatigue for several minutes, and neither he nor his corner complained at the stoppage.
On 19 July 2008 Lee defeated Willie Gibbs in the last round, when Gibbs's corner threw in the towel after a barrage of shots from Lee with 7 seconds to go.
On 21 March 2009, appearing on the under-card of the Bernard Dunne World title fight against Ricardo Cordoba, Lee beat the tough German brawler Alexander Sipos in a unanimous decision. This was a reckoning of sorts, as it occurred on the one year-to-the-day anniversary of Lee's first and only professional defeat.
On 20 June 2009, Lee outpointed Olegs Fedotovs in front of 60,000+ at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for his 18th victory as part of the Klitschko-Chagaev under-card.
On 22 August 2009, Lee stopped Andy Shuler in the 8th round of a bout in Hammond, Indiana to earn his 19th victory and 14th KO.
A hometown crowd turned out in Limerick, 14 November 2009, to watch Lee defeat Frenchman Affif Belghecham in a ten-round battle of the southpaws. Shannonsider Lee outpointed the Frenchman 99-92; Lee stopped Mamadou Thiam the following year in the same venue.
On 30 July 2010 Lee faced James Cook in Miami, Oklahoma and won the bout by a fifth round knockout.
On 12 March 2011, Lee fought Craig McEwan at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and won via technical knockout at 0:56 in the 10th round.
He avenged his loss to Brian Vera on 1 October 2011 by unanimous decision.
On 10 March 2012, Lee Knocked out Mexico's Saul Duran in the 2nd round of a stay busy fight.
First World Title Shot
On 16 June 2012, Lee challenged undefeated Titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC World Middleweight Title in the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. After getting off to a good start, using his jab and effectively out-boxing Chavez Jr. in the centre of the small 16 foot ring, however, Chavez Jr. eventually got through with his stronger punching power, essentially turning the fight in Chavez Jr's. favor. Near the middle rounds, Lee began to lose stamina due to Chavez Jrs focus on body work. In the round 7, referee Laurence Cole stopped the bout with Lee still on his feet after Chavez Jr stunned him. Lee subsequently took a barrage from Chavez Jr on the ropes leading to the stoppage.
Lee vs Fitzgerald
Under the tutelage of new trainer Adam Booth, Lee returned to winning ways, after his loss to Chavez Jr., by outpointing former Irish super middleweight champion Anthony "The Pride" Fitzgerald (13-3, 4 KO's) over ten rounds in a middleweight fight held at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on February 9, 2013 on the undercard of a Carl Frampton vs Kiko Martinez EBU (European) super bantamweight title fight.