Limerick's Andy Lee to train former World boxing champion

Colm Kinsella

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Limerick's Andy Lee to train former World boxing champion

Limerick's former world boxing champion Andy Lee

LIMERICK'S Andy Lee is to train former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker.

New Zealander Parker recently split with long-term trainer Kevin Barry. The pair split soon after Parker defeated Junior Fa in his native New Zealand just over a week ago.

Parker won the WBO title in 2016 with a victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.

The New Zealand media reported that Parker has travelled to London today to link up with Castleconnell man Lee.

It has also been reported that Lee was recommended to 29-year-old Parker by WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury, who is also the Limerick man's second cousin.

Parker is expected to fight Derek Chisora in May.

It's reported that Lee and Parker will initially work together for one fight before deciding on the possibility of any more potential fights in the future.

Andy Lee represented Ireland at the 2004 Athens Olympics before launching his career as a professional. The Limerick man moved to Detroit to link up with legendary trainer Manny Stewart at the Kronk Gym.

After ten years in the paid ranks, southpaw Lee finally got his hands on a world belt when he beat then-unbeaten Russian Matt Korobov to claim the WBO world middleweight championship in 2014.

Lee lost the belt to Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester in 2015.

Lee has been coaching the highly rated, Limerick-based professional boxer Paddy Donovan and middleweight Jason Quigley in recent years.