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Lee Reeves delighted with Tyson Fury praise – Promises to take the torch

Lee Reeves admits he isn’t quite as sexy as Tyson Fury just yet, but plans to be as smooth as the skilled operator one day.

The former heavyweight champion of the world took a shine to the new Limerick pro having watched him action recently.

In fact the last man to hold the Irish heavyweight title heralded the slick southpaw as Ireland’s ‘new boxing star’.

The Gypsy King, who is a noted student of the game, admits he was impressed by a stylish approach he recongnized.

READ: Tyson Fury hails new Irish boxing star

“He’s fast, talented and super sexy,” said Fury.

“Actually, he reminds me of someone – me! Looks like Ireland has a new boxing star.”

Reeves, who tops a bill in Toronto in just his fourth fight on April 20th, was delighted with the praise and believes he could one day be deemed even sexier than the most naturally gifted of the new heavyweight scene.

“I thought it was brilliant to be recognized by the greatest heavyweight of our generation,” Reeves told Irish-Boxing.com. 

“I am grateful for him taking time out of his days to watch me fight. I have a couple years to go before I get sexier and a better style, but he will pass on the torch someday,” he continued through a smile. 

All of Reeves’s short career has played out across the Atlantic. The Limerick City man has fought twice in Canada and once in New York – on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s Madison Square Garden St Patrick’s Day fight night.

With Graham McCormack, Limerick-based Siobhan O’Leary and a few other fighters from neighbouring counties active – not to mention young star Paddy Donovan potentially turning pro – there has been talk of a show back in his home county.

Reeves would be an ideal addition, but seems to want to return for a major fight.

“It’s my dream too have a massive fight back in Limerick bigger then any there before but I am not looking ahead of myself and doing whatever my promoter feels is the best moves for me.”


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com