4 February 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Andy Lees next opponent has warned the Limerick middleweight that he faces Craig McEwan the man not the Craig McEwan the boy on March 12.
The Freddie Roach trained puncher filled the void left by the retirement of John Duddy and fights the Emanuel Steward trained Lee in a breakthrough fight on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez and Serhiy Dzinziruk WBC world title fight.
Southpaw, Lee has cause for confidence going the Celtic clash having comfortably defeated McEwan when the pair met as amateurs.
However, the Irish middleweight has been warned against overconfidence by his opponent.
The Scot, who was keen to highlight his admiration for Lee, stressed there is no childs play in the pro game and to told Lee to prepare meet a more grown up fighter.
McEwan, who has yet to taste defeat in 19 paid outings, believes Lee and he are at their boxing peak and stressed he will be motivated by pride and not revenge.
The win against me in the amateurs may boost Andy’s confidence but we’re pros now. We are grown men. This fight is going to very different than that amateur one. It’s not about revenge. I’m not even thinking about the last fight. We’re two talented guys, at the peak of our careers, fighting only for pride, remember there is no title on the line, McEwan told Mirror Sport before claiming he wont be deterred by the Irish crowd in what is the biggest fight of his career.
I’m really happy to get this fight and to be able to show everyone what I can do on HBO is great. A win against Andy, who I have a lot of respect for, will propel me up the rankings and hopefully get me a title shot. It is undoubtedly the biggest fight of my career against a very talented boxer. I think it’ll be a great atmosphere on the night. There’ll probably be more of an Irish support but at the end of the day, there’s only the two of us in the ring and I know we’ll put on a good show for all the fans. I am confident of winning. I’ll be well prepared and ready to stick to my game plan.