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Lee: Sweet KO made sweeter as it came in the face of adversity

THE best punch of Andy Lee’s career was made all the sweeter as it was landed right on the chin of adversity, claims the Limerick man himself.

After getting up of the floor in the first round Lee was trailing his NABF light middleweight title fight with John Jackson by 39-36 going into the fifth round,

In the fifth stanza the Virgin Islander upped the tempo further in a bid to get the former middleweight world title challenger out there and Lee looked in trouble.

However, with his back against the ropes the Limerick favourite produced a Knock Out of the Year and claimed a vital victory in dramatic and eye catching fashion.

The more dramatic boxing fan has suggested it was a ‘career saving’ punch and while that might be a little over the top Lee’s reaction to the stoppage suggests he was well aware of the significance of his sensational right hand.

“I had to come from adversity, which makes this win all the sweeter,” said Lee. “He fought well and he is a strong kid. He was coming on in the fifth, but I caught him with a peach, and that was the equaliser,”said Lee.

“It’s something that Adam [Booth, trainer] and me worked on everyday in the gym. We saw that he throws big right hands so we worked on squatting down, bending low and then throwing the hook. I think that was the best knockout of my career.”


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