ANDY TO FIGHT IN BELFAST: Local boxing hero, Andy Lee will return to the ring this Saturday evening against Anthony Fitzgerald, at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena live on Sky Sports in the Betfair’s ‘Unfinished Business’ boxing event.
This will be Andy’s first outing since he suffered a seventh-round stoppage loss when he bravely challenged Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC world middleweight title on June 16 in El Paso, Texas. Before the stoppage Lee was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.
In September 2012 he made a career decision to relocate his training base to London and team up with Adam Booth, one of the most respected and sought after boxing trainers in the UK.
Andy believes fights in 2013 will provide him with the opportunity to rebuild his career and the Fitzgerald fight is the first step on that road back to title contention.
“I’m training now with Adam Booth, he’s an excellent world class trainer. We have worked hard together over the last five months in the gym reappraising my boxing style and making adjustments to my game. He’s a very smart and strategic trainer and he has taught me a lot of new things in a short period of time.
“A new location and trainer has reinvigorated me, it is a new beginning and chapter in my life. I can’t wait to step into the ring and get back to winning ways. Anthony Fitzgerald is a game and gutsy fighter and he is looking for an upset.”
“However, I’m totally focused on the job at hand, I will be in Belfast to take care of business and leave nothing to chance. I intend to put in a quality performance and showcase my skills with an impressive win come Saturday night.”
“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport for this opportunity to fight in Belfast live on Sky TV,” said Andy.
Andy is presently ranked WBC 7 and WBA 9; Team Lee see a win on Saturday night opening doors in the UK and Ireland for domestic fights with fighters like Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin or Martin Murray and also complementing and progressing his boxing career in the USA.
The Irish southpaw has repositioned himself and aims to exploit and benefit from two supply streams of fights on both sides of the Atlantic on his comeback trail. But first things first, Anthony Fitzgerald needs to be defeated and taken care of.
Belfast is the boxing capitol of Ireland and Andy Lee is confident he will imposingly defeat Anthony Fitzgerald ‘The Pride of Dublin’ at the Odyssey Arena in another memorable night of boxing in the City. Best wish for Saturday’s fight Andy.
HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the powerful ministry of Rev. Fr. Michael O’Shea and Marie Beirne, enriched with the Holy Rosary, Healing Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Word of God, praise and worship, Confession and Spirit filled music by Maranatha Gospel Choir, on Sunday, February 17, from 2.30pm to 7.30 pm, at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick. For more details contact: 087-1190289, 087-4167561, 061-338283. Web site: www.maranathaprayerministry.org
ANANE/ CASTLECONNELL GUILD OF THE ICA: The January meeting was held in Lisnagry National School. President, Kay Hickey wished all the members a Happy New Year. The guest speaker was Sharon Rael, who makes her own jewellery. She showed lovely necklaces, bracelets, earrings. She said if the members want to try making jewellery, they need assorted beads, special tools, fine wire to bend and cut, buy some special gem stones to complete the piece. Sharon is giving classes to some of the Guild members with great success.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20, at 8.00pm, in Lisnagry National School. New members are very welcome.