By Jonny Stapleton
Andy Lee laid his Bryan Vera a ghost to rest in a fight he claimed he had to win to keep his world title dream alive with a destructive and stylish performance in Atlantic City in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The Limerick middleweight got the Vera redemption he craved and redeemed his sole career defeat via a 98-91, 99-91, 99-91 points victory.
The three time Irish amateur champion, who looked class and controlled throughout, may have been schooled in the art of brawling when the pair first met in 2008 but he gave the Texan a boxing lesson on the under card of Sergio Martinez’s WBA Diamond title defence against Darren Barker.
The Kronk fighter boxed beautifully at range to close in on a world title tilt, dropped the Fort Worth native in round two of the ten round clash and proved he is a creditable world title candidate.
Lee claimed if he lost their would be ‘no tomorrow’ but proved he has a bright future ahead of him with a career best performance.