Limerick boxer Lee returns to the ring

LIMERICK middleweight boxer Andy Lee bids to relaunch his career this Saturday night.

LIMERICK middleweight boxer Andy Lee bids to relaunch his career this Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Castleconnell man returns to the ring for the first time since losing his world title fight to Chavez Junior last June.

Eight months after the WBC World title fight in June, Lee’s comeback takes place in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

Lee’s fight will be live on Sky Sports as part of the ‘Unfinished Business’ event, headlined by the Carl Frampton’s challenge to Kiko Martinez for his European super bantamweight title.

Lee will face Dublin’s Anthony Fitzgerald on Saturday. While Lee has 30 professional fights to his record, Fitzgerald has fought just 16 times - losing on three occasions.

With just two defeats and 20 of his wins by knockout, Lee is hotly favoured to return to winning ways.

“I’m totally focused on the job at hand, I will be in Belfast to take care of business and leave nothing to chance,” said Lee this week.

“I intend to put in a quality performance and showcase my skills with an impressive win come Saturday night,” said the Limerick man.

Last September, Lee made a decision to relocate to London and team up with trainer Adam Booth, ex-trainer to David Haye.

The decision in the aftermath of his knockout in the world title fight was made prior to the untimely death of his former coach Emmanuel Stewart in Detroit, where Lee was previously based for all of his pro-career.

“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,” explained Lee of the switch to London.

“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,” outlined Lee.

“I have all the motivation that I need but I won’t be taking anything for granted,” said the former St Francis Boxing Club Olympian.

“I know that this is a big opportunity for him - if he beats me he is almost in the position that I am in,” said Lee.

“Mentally I need to be in the right frame of mind - I know the type of fighter that he is and he will be well up for this - he has wanted this fight for a long time.”

He added: “I know that if I box to my potential that I will win. He is a handful - a big strong lad. I have got to box him and show him what he has come up against. I am keen to win and put on a show for people and get myself back up there”.

Lee is ranked at No7 by the WBC and No9 by the WBA. Victory on Saturday could most likely see Lee again fight in Ireland or in the UK with the likes of Darren Barker, Martin Murray or even Matthew Macklin all possibilities as he bids to position himself for another world title challenge.