2 sided official 17 3/4" x 12 1/2" poster featuring Andy Lee vs Affif Belghecham, 14th November 2009, University Arena, Limerick, Ireland.
Lee W PTS 10
Paul McCloskey vs Daniel Rasilla replacement for Souleymane M'baye European light welterweight title, 6th November 2009, Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.
McCloskey W TKO 9
*Rasilla down twice in the 9th, initially from a right hook to the head and then a left cross.
Martin Lindsay (has SIGNED the poster)
Carl Frampton (3rd pro fight vs Ignac Kassai W TKO 3)
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.
Lee vs Jackson
On 7 June 2014, in Madison Square Garden, on the undercard of the Pay-Per-View fight between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez, Andy Lee met hard-hitting Virgin Islander John Jackson in a 154-lb bout. John Jackson is the son of the great light-middleweight puncher Julian Jackson. In the first round Lee was knocked down for the first time in his amateur or pro career respectively on a hard right-hand counter by the heavy-handed Jackson. Lee regained his composure but proceeded to lose the next 3 rounds in a row, he spent the majority of the time tactically looking to catch Jackson coming in with a right hook counter. In round 5 Jackson unleashed a furious flurry of punches and trapped Lee on the ropes, Lee moved off the ropes, but as Jackson moved in to close the show, Andy Lee caught him with the perfectly timed right hook counter that he was looking for and knocked Jackson completely out.
Lee vs Korobov: World Champion
After the comeback knockout victory over John Jackson, Andy Lee secured himself a 13 December WBO World Middleweight Title shot against the then undefeated former 2008 Russian Olympian, Matt Korobov. This was to be on the HBO triple-header that featured the fight between Timothy Bradley and Diego Chaves as its main event. In front of a sold out crowd at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Lee and Korobov fought a closely contested chess match before Lee wobbled Korobov with a straight left in the 3rd round. However Korobov regained control and seemed to be controlling the pace of the fight until round 6, when Lee connected on a right hook in an exchange and badly hurt Korobov, a flurry of 18 straight unanswered punches forced referee Kenny Bayless to stop the contest handing Lee the 6th round TKO victory and the WBO World Middleweight Title. With this most impressive win, Lee became the first Irishman to win a World title on American soil since 1934.
Lee vs Quillin
After stating that he wanted to fight the best in the World, Lee postponed a title defence in Ireland to defend his WBO Title against former WBO World Champion, unbeaten Peter Quillin in the Barclays Center on 11 April. Quillin failed to make weight at the weigh-in for the bout however, meaning regardless of the result of the fight, he was ineligible to win Lee's WBO Middleweight World Title. This fight took place as part of a Premier Boxing Champions show on NBC and was on a card that included Danny García fighting Lamont Peterson in the main event. The fight began with what appeared to be a fairly good first round for Lee until with 30 seconds left, Lee was dropped hard, and hurt by an overhand right delivered by Quillin. Lee survived the round, but two rounds later in round 3, found himself on the canvas again, albeit this time in controversial fashion, as it was discovered that Lee went down mostly due to Peter Quillin stepping on his foot. As the fight wore on the rounds seemed to be close and went back and forth, in the seventh round, Lee landed a hard left hand followed by a clean right hook to Quillin's chin which sent him sprawling to the canvas, evening the fight up on the cards and handing Peter Quillin the first knockdown of his career. The fight continued to go back-and-forth and by the end of the 12th round, official judges scores were 113-112 for Lee, 113-112 for Quillin, and 113-113 even, rendering the official outcome of the bout a split draw.
Lee vs Saunders
It was announced that on 19 September 2015, Andy Lee would defend his WBO Middleweight Title against unbeaten Englishman Billy Joe Saunders in his home city of Limerick, Ireland at Thomond Park in a bout with historical meaning. It will be the first boxing match ever to be held at Thomond Park, the first bout held at an outdoor venue in Ireland since Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank in Cork, and the first ever title fight between two boxers of Traveller heritage, Saunders being of Romanichal heritage and Lee being of Irish Traveller heritage. This promises to be one of the most exciting bouts ever held on Irish soil.
Carl Frampton (born 21 February 1987) from Tiger's Bay, Belfast. He fights in the Super Bantamweight division and is the current IBF World Super Bantamweight champion. He is managed by former WBA Featherweight champion and Boxing Hall Of Fame inductee, Barry McGuigan.
Amateur boxing in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is governed by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association. As an amateur, Frampton fought out of the Midland Boxing Club in Tiger's Bay and won the Irish senior flyweight title in 2005 and added the Irish featherweight title in 2009, beating David Oliver Joyce in the final.
He also claimed a silver medal at the 2007 European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Dublin, losing to France's Khedafi Djelkhir in the final. Frampton is one of Ireland's most successful amateur boxers of recent years, winning over 100 of his fights and losing only 8 times.
Later commenting on his decision to box for the Irish team, Frampton, who grew up in a Unionist area of Belfast, said "I get asked all the time, 'would you have liked to have boxed for Great Britain?' And the answer is 'no'. I was looked after by Irish boxing from pretty much 11 years old and was very proud to box for Ireland."
Frampton turned professional after his victory in the 2009 Irish featherweight finals. In June 2009, fought his first professional fight at the Olympia, Liverpool, in England and beat Sandor Szinavel with a second-round knock-out on a card that included Grzegorz Proksa and Ajose Olusegan. In January 2010, he was named Ireland's Prospect of the Year at the Irish National Boxing Awards. In September 2010 he recorded an "electrifying" win over the Ukrainian Yuri Voronin in front of an Ulster Hall crowd which included Daniel Day-Lewis. The win led the Belfast Telegraph to liken him to a "reincarnation" of Barry McGuigan.
In December 2010, Frampton won his first professional title, the BBBofC Celtic Super Bantamweight title, with a second-round TKO win over Scottish boxer Gavin Reid in the Ulster Hall. Following his victory, Frampton described the Super Bantamweight division as being "super-hot" and named Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe as potential opponents. He then went on to get a fourth-round TKO win over Venezuelan Oscar Chacin, and later fought his first defence of his BBBofC Celtic title against Welshman Robbie Turley in June 2011, winning by a unanimous decision after ten rounds.
Commonwealth And Inter-Continental Champion
Carl fought Australian Mark Quon as a replacement for Kiko Martinez on 10 September for the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast winning by a fourth-round TKO stoppage. On 28 January 2012, he successfully defended his Commonwealth title against Kris Hughes in the York Hall, with the fight having to be stopped in the seventh round. According to the BBC, Frampton controlled the contest from the start and was never threatened by his opponent. On 17 March 2012, Frampton once again defended his title against Ghana's Prosper Ankrah and won by a second-round TKO stoppage. After his victory Frampton challenged the British Champion Scott Quigg saying that "I don't know if he wants it but, if he does, he should tell his promoter".
Frampton then beat fellow unbeaten contender Raúl Hirales, Jr. (previously 16-0, 8 KO's) of Mexico by a unanimous decision and won the vacant IBF Inter-continental Super Bantamweight title on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. Lucian Bute in Nottingham, UK. The fight took place on 26 May 2012. On 22 September 2012, Frampton took on former two-time World champion Steve Molitor. The fight took place in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on a card that included Martin Lindsay and Paul McCloskey. Frampton scored an impressive sixth-round TKO and had the former champion on the canvas three times during the bout. After the fight, Frampton announced that he was willing to "fight anyone" and that he was "ready for a World title fight".
On 9 February 2013, Carl Frampton faced hard-punching Spaniard Kiko Martinez in front of 8,000 of his home fans in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Martinez, the European Champion, had previously knocked out Bernard Dunne in 86 seconds to win the title and had never been knocked down. Frampton won by TKO in Round 9, winning the European Super Bantamweight title and retaining the IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title. After the fight Frampton said "I just want the people of Belfast to be proud of me," and described his beaten opponent as "hard as nails". In August 2014, Martinez won the IBF title with a sixth-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Colombian Jonatan Romero.
On 19 October 2013, Frampton defended his EBU and IBF Inter-Continental titles in an IBF World Title Eliminator against IBF #4 ranked Jeremy Parodi. The fight took place in front of a maximum capacity 9,000 fans at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. Frampton knocked Parodi out with a body shot at the end of the sixth round. On 4 April 2014 Frampton faced the Mexican Hugo Cazares at the Odyssey Arena in a final eliminator for Leo Santa Cruz's WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship. In front of a sold-out crowd of 9,000 Frampton knocked out Cazares in the 2nd Round, with a left hook to the head.
Frampton challenged for his first World title on 6 September 2014 in a rematch against Kiko Martinez. Martinez's IBF Super Bantamweight title was at stake and the bout took place in an outdoor arena at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. In the build-up to the fight, Frampton said of Martinez: "He's very emotional and that's what makes him dangerous... he's a hot-head, he can be very easily agitated but he's coming to win". Fighting in front of a crowd of 16,000 Frampton knocked Martinez down in the fifth round and won by unanimous decision, with two scores of 119-108 and one score of 118-111, winning his first World title. Interviewed after the fight Frampton said "I've got the World title. I feel a bit emotional - it has been a long time coming, it has been a hard road. I intend to hang on to it for a very long time." He went on to call for a unification fight with the WBA champion Scott Quigg, saying "I'll fight him in Manchester, I'll fight him anywhere". After the fight, Barry McGuigan said of his protege "This kid could end up as the best Irish fighter there has ever been." As result of his performances Frampton was nominated for the 2014 RTE Sports Person of the Year. In 2015 he was named Britain's Coolest Man by ZOO Magazine beating the likes of David Beckham, Tom Hardy and Ed Sheeran to get the award. Frampton said after receiving the award, "I couldn’t believe it when they told me, I thought it was a wind-up! But it's great, especially as it's ZOO readers and the people of Britain who have voted for me. It's also great for the sport of boxing."
Paul McCloskey (born 3 August 1979) is a Northern Irish former professional boxer who fought in the light welterweight division. He is a former Irish Senior Amateur Champion, former British light welterweight champion and former European light welterweight champion.
McCloskey played both Gaelic football and hurling at underage and briefly at senior level for the local clubs in Dungiven – St. Canice's Dungiven and Kevin Lynch's respectively. He was part of the Dungiven side that won the Derry Senior Football Championship and Ulster Senior Club Football Championship in 1997.
McCloskey boxed out of the St. Canices ABC and fought for Ireland at amateur level and was a three-time Irish champion and five-time senior Ulster champion at in the light welterweight division. He failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics by ending up in third place at the 2nd AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
McCloskey turned professional in March 2005 on the undercard of a bill that included Eamonn Magee and Neil Sinclair at the King's Hall, Belfast. In his debut McCloskey defeated experienced Englishman "Dangerous" David Kehoe with a third round knockout.
In December 2007 he won the IBF International light-welterweight title, stopping Tontcho Tontchev in round four.
After beating Nigel Wright on points in July 2008, he fought Colin Lynes on 5 December 2008 for the vacant British light-welterweight title. McCloskey won, forcing Lynes to retire after the ninth round.
Following his British title victory, McCloskey was named Boxer of the Year at the Irish National Boxing Awards in January 2009.
On 13 March, McCloskey retained his British light-welterweight title in emphatic fashion with a fourth-round stoppage of Dean Harrison in Widnes.
McCloskey won the vacant European light welterweight title on 6 November 2009, when he defeated Spanish boxer Daniel Rasilla after original opponent and champion Mbaye withdrew due to injury.
McCloskey defended his European title against Giuseppe Lauri from Italy on 11 June at the Kings Hall, Belfast, with an 11th round knockout.
McCloskey's next defence of his European title was against Barry Morrison in Letterkenny, County Donegal, on 2 October 2010. McCloskey won the fight with a seventh round stoppage of his Scottish opponent.
His third defence of the title would've been against second Italian challenger, Michele Di Rocco on 5 March 2011. Michele Di Rocco has a record of (21–1–1) with 12 kos and his only loss was by knockout in the 7th round against Giuseppe Lauri, whom McCloskey knocked out in the 11th round. But this match has been cancelled due to the Khan fight being worked out.
McCloskey vs Khan
He was defeated by Amir Khan at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday 16 April 2011 when the fight was stopped in the sixth round. This was the result of an accidental head clash which left McCloskey with a cut above his eye.
McCloskey vs Prescott
McCloskey won his fight against Breidis Prescott in a World title eliminator on 10 September 2011 by unanimous decision, with two judges scoring the bout 114–113, and the third judge scoring it 115–113. During the fight Prescott dominated the early rounds, scoring a knockdown in the first round by clearly pushing his with his forearm and later breaking McCloskey nose which bleed heavily throughout the fight. However, McCloskey rallied in the second half of the fight and won the later rounds. The decision proved to be controversial with many believing Prescott had done enough to win.
Martin Lindsay (born 10 May 1982) from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lindsay fights at featherweight and is a former IBF Youth featherweight title champion. He is the former British featherweight champion and is set to fight an eliminator for the IBF World title.
Lindsay was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and graduated from the University of Ulster with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Finance and Investment.
At amateur level, Lindsay began boxing at the age of nine and was a stalwart of the Immaculata ABC in Belfast where he won 97 of 112 amateur bouts and was trained by Gerry "Nugget" Nugent.
He won eight All-Ireland titles at all levels including becoming the Irish senior featherweight champion in 2001 and 2004 as well as the Ulster championship in 2001 and 2002. Many of his fights were against fellow Belfast boxer, Brian Gillen, from the Holy Trinity club, with whom he developed a great rivalry.
In 2002, Lindsay represented Northern Ireland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and was defeated by England's Mark Moran in the second round.
Lindsay failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic in Athens after being beaten by Polish boxer Kryzysztov Szot 49-27 during an Olympic qualifier in Gothenburg, Sweden and then decided to turn professional.
Lindsay turned professional in December 2004 in Crystal Palace, London on an undercard of bill that included Carl Johanneson and Leva Kirakosyan. In his debut Lindsay defeated previously unbeaten Welshman Dai Davies with a first round knockout.
Lindsay followed this debut win up with six more wins in Ireland and the United Kingdom including a further two wins by knockout.
Move To Canada
In 2007, Lindsay then moved to Brampton, Ontario in Canada after he signed a three-year contract with Canadian promoters Orion Sports and the London-based former Immaculata boxer John Rooney Jnr.
IBF Youth Featherweight Title
Following a win over Jose Silveira, Lindsay then fought for IBF Youth featherweight title. He challenged Mexican Uriel Barrera on 27 October 2007 for the title on a bill labelled the "Rumble at Rama II" at the Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada. It was the chief support on the undercard of the IBF super bantamweight title fight between stablemate Steve Molitor v. Fahsan 3K Battery.
Lindsay won the title on a shutout over ten rounds with a score of 100-90 on all three judges cards. Following the fight he stated "It felt brilliant when the referee put my hand up for the win, though it didn’t really sink in at the time. It sunk in the next day when I felt all the pains all round my body."
Celtic Title And BBBofC British Featherweight Title
In February 2008, Lindsay had to postpone a combined Celtic title and British featherweight title eliminator fight against Scot Paul Appleby after he had to undergo dental surgery. However he put himself back in the mix in September 2008 when he found himself as the chief support on the first ever Hayemaker card in Sheffield. He boxed a final eliminator for the British title knocking out Liverpool fighter Derry Mathews in the 9th round.[ Following this the Appleby fight was rescheduled for March 2009 in Belfast, but after sustaining a rib injury in training Lindsay was forced to push back the fight. The fight eventually took place on 25 April 2009, at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with Martin Lindsay capturing the title in front of his home crowd by stopping Paul Appleby in the 6th round. In his second defence of the British title, Lindsay lost out on a Unanimous Decision to John Simpson, giving Lindsay his first loss and giving John Simpson the British title.
Lindsay vs Selby
Following his first loss to John Simpson, Lindsay has since bounced back with a 6 round points decision victory over Polish fighter Maurycy Gojko, a fourth round TKO victory over Mickey Coveney, and an 8 round points decision victory over French lightweight Renald Garrido. On February 9, 2013, on the undercard of Carl Frampton vs. Kiko Martinez in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, he will get his second BBBofC British Featherweight Title shot live on Sky Sports. He will be facing known Welsh fighter, Lee Selby on a card that will also include Ireland's Andy Lee facing Irishman Anthony "The Pride" Fitzgerald of Dublin in his first comeback fight since his loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.