DESCRIBED by sports guru Donald McRae as “one of the most universally beloved fighters in the game”, retired Limerick boxer Andy Lee is among Ireland’s most celebrated athletes in living memory.
Born in London, Lee moved to Daly’s Cross, Castleconnell in his early teens where he resided throughout the glory days of his amateur career.
After being Ireland’s sole boxing contender in Athens 2004 Olympics, Andy was later headhunted by the world’s most decorated coach Emanuel Steward, departing to Detroit to commence his trail to the top of the game.
And in December 2014, Lee claimed the WBO middleweight world title.
On February 20, 2018, he announced his retirement, leaving a lasting legacy on boxing in Limerick and Ireland.