Booth: Lee deserves legendary Limerick night

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At the opening press conference for ‘The Showdown at Thomond,’ Andy Lee’s trainer Adam Booth spoke at length about the Castleconnell puncher, his opponent Billy Joe Saunders, and the enormity of the event that will take over Limerick on September 19th.

When describing his time with the WBO middleweight champion and the upcoming stadium bout, Booth proclaimed “the last 3 years working with Andy have been an incredible journey, to have won the world title in the style that he did against Korobov in December was special – but this is going to eclipse that.”

Complimentary of the challenge posed by the English southpaw stylist, Booth denoted the opposition as “genuine number one challenger who has proven his mettle, proven his worth.”

Booth acts as trainer, manager, promoter, and friend to Lee and described the Limerick man in glowing terms – “an Olympian, an incredible professional, he has seen everything there is to see in the ring, he’s seen every style, he’s experienced every possible scenario, and he has come out on top.”

Noting the importance of the homecoming title defence for Lee, the Londoner explained that “we have organised this fight for Thomond Park to give Andy the special, one-off, occasion his career deserves.”

Clearly excited for the fight, ‘The Dark Lord’ labeled the September 19th fight as “a unique event for Limerick and Ireland.” Continuing, he explained that “I have been fortunate to have been part of a number of big events in my career but this will give me goosebumps more than anything else.”

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie