Andy Lee secured paper thin majority points decision in Denmark last night as the unheralded Frank Harocha Horta asked some unexpected questions.
Whilst some argued the 77-76, 77-76, 76-76 score was a little harsh on the Irish middleweight there were also those who claimed the French fighter, who holds wins over Ciaran Healy and Dean Byrne had shaded the contest.
One thing is for certain Lee got a tougher test than expected as he tested the light middleweight waters. After taking the first three rounds relevantly trouble free, Lee found himself in a contest down the home stretch.
The former world title challenger seemed caught between his natural instincts and a new game plan and Horta didn’t give him time or space to try and employ the gym work into a fight.
The French fighter kept coming forward and really came on strong in the last round. Lee wasn’t overawed, was constantly throwing shows and did seem content in the knowledge he did enough on the final bell. The Irish fighter, however, did ship a number of punches, was marked up on the final bell and will be keen to turn a period of transition with Adam Booth to a new successful era sooner rather than later.