EXPERIENCE could prove the key that unlocks the door between Andy Lee and World title success this Saturday night, claims the Limerick middleweight.
Lee fights Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO middleweight championship of the World in Las Vegas and stresses he goes into the fight having answering all the questions that should be asked of a top level contender.
Lee has pulled victories out of the bag, challenged for a world title, stopped respected opponents and come through adversity over his career.
Former amateur sensation Korobov on the other hand has had somewhat of an easy ride as a pro and has failed to set the pro ranks alight. Lee believes that proves an advantage to him in the massive world title fight, indeed he feels experience could prove the ‘determining factor’ this Saturday.
Speaking to Boxing News Online Lee said,
“I think that’s possibly the biggest determining factor and why I could win the fight. What separates me from Korobov is my experience and the fact that the guys I’ve fought and the adversity I’ve faced in the ring, compared to him, that’s the big difference. I know what’s inside myself when I’m asked those questions and he hasn’t been asked them, he doesn’t know the answers,” said the tall southpaw.
“He hasn’t fought anywhere near that level of opposition yet and he still hasn’t shone in anyway yet. I don’t know the reason for that. He’s had different trainers so maybe he hasn’t had the same structure which you find with a lot of Cubans and Russians, when they leave the amateurs their standard is so high… I’m not looking too much into it, just assessing on what I see.”
Lee might be talking his chances, but he isn’t belittling Korobov’s talents. The Limerick man is well aware of what the Russian does well.
“He’s quick-handed. He fights in spurts, where he will throw a burst of punches – whether that’s an attribute or not – but he has quick hands and quick feet and he has that good amateur feinting, looking to explode. It seems he can punch. He’s got a good straight left hand.”