Lee Reeves striving for greatness following statement headline performance


Lee Reeves [4(3)-0] doesn’t want to stand in the crowd, he wants to be the reason the crowd have gathered.

Fight fans came out in force to watch the Limerick puncher as he topped his first ever pro bill in what was just his fourth fight in Canada on Saturday night.

The slick welter took the early step up the career ladder in his stride and looked more than at home as he finished Guillermo Ariel Lettieri before 80 seconds had passed. 

The win and the platform that it played out on only served to build up the hype generating around a fighter that turned over as recently as November and without much fanfare.

The spotlight has certainly increased, but rather than feel the pressure it generates, Reeves seems content to bask in its glow.

“I guess some people are born and happy going day to day standing in the crowd but I am born to be the reason there is a crowd,” the confident fighter told Irish-Boxing.com. 

“I’m not in this sport or country to make up numbers, I am striving for greatness and want the whole world to know and respect my name.”

There certainly was a crowd as the Lee Baxter Promotions charge traded leather in Toronto with tricolours galore flickering under green lights at the Danforth Music Hall.

Having such pulling power so early on only can only help the southpaw’s progression, but reflecting on how it felt in the moment, Reeves suggested he feeds off the atmopshere and it only served to help him perform.

“The atmosphere was electric there! I was delighted too see so many Irish fans and fans from all over out supporting and getting involved. The reaction was great everybody was buzzing about it but saying it could have gone on longer but I don’t get paid for overtime!”

Lettieri was dealt wit, with ease and the Treaty County man has no qualms about not being brought rounds.

“I’m happy how the fight went because even though it didn’t last long, it was exciting for the fans. I always go in expecting and prepared to do the full rounds but I know I have the power to stop a fight when I am on form.”

Now having impressed in Madison Square Garden and having topped a bill, the pressure will be on Reeves promoters to enable their man to learn while maintaining the excitement building around him.

The fighter himself is happy to learn, but confident he can continue to step up when required.

“I’m all about learning my trade in this sport because I am never happy with 100% of my performance so I am not getting ahead of myself but I am ready for whatever.”

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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 sport for a living for 19 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