Limerick boxer Lee back to winning ways

LIMERICK pro-boxer Andy Lee has set his sights on Darren Barker after getting back to winning ways in Belfast on Saturday night.

LIMERICK pro-boxer Andy Lee has set his sights on Darren Barker after getting back to winning ways in Belfast on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Castleconnell middleweight looked sluggish on his return to the ring against Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald.

But the former St Francis Boxing Club Olympian got the judges decision and now wants to face fellow former world title challenger Barker.

“Barker...let’s get it on. We have the same promoter. He’s a good friend of mine, I know his dad really well,” explained Lee of the Englishman.

There’s no bad blood there but we’d have a good fight,” said Andy Lee after the 10-round victory over Fitzgerald.

The Belfast middleweight contest was Lee’s first time back in the ring since losing his world title fight to Chavez Jnr last June.

Indeed the fight was also Lee’s under new trainer Adam Booth and the first since the death of his former trainer Emmanuel Steward.

“It’s the sign of a man who reacts when he’s down. I identified Adam Booth as the best trainer. I’m lucky enough that he will work with me, and we are working hard and trying to make improvements,” outlined Lee, who is looking to reposition himself for another world title bid with three of four successive wins.

The Limerick man accepted that he was rusty in some of the rounds.

“It wasn’t my best, but he was very spirited and you have to give him credit,” said Lee after his victory.

“He was very determined. He came here, had great support and rose to the occasion. I boxed okay in spurts, I’ll take something from it,” he said.

“It was my first time with Adam but there are no excuses, I’ll keep moving forward,” vowed the Limerick man, who is likely to return home to Castleconnell this week before making any immediate decision on his next fight.