The under-the-radar Irish prospect looking to steal the show at Madison Square Garden

It will be all eyes on Michael Conlan as he brings his unique party to New York on St Patrick’s Day for the third year running, but Lee Reeves [2(2)-0] is planning a performance to ensure some of the fans’ gaze turn towards to him.

The Canadian-based Limerick welterweight joins Paddy Barnes in providing extra Irish interest on the Madison Square Garden Theater-hosted fight night and seems well aware of the platform to impress he has been given.

Naturally, fighting out in Canada, the 23-year-old’s career has flew under the radar for many Irish fight fans but Reeves is aware a good display on the massive card could open doors and see him plant a seed that could grow into something massive for him across the Atlantic. 
“It is an honour to be on a platform of this magnitude to be able to show myself to the world. I’m hoping a good performance will get more eyes on me and open up more doors,” he told

“I can make new relationships in this sport that will get me onto more shows like this. This is what turned to the professional ranks for,” added the Lee Baxter Promotions fighter.
With two stoppage wins from two fights, the slick southpaw has made an impressive start to all things pro boxing.

The confident operator believes he will one day be topping big TV bills and is confident he will feel at home on the Top Rank card.

He claims the contacts of his promoter played a part in securing such a fight on such a bill, with stablemate Samuel Vargas boxing Luis Collazo in the chief support, but stresses so did the fact he gave Baxter confidence with his first two displays.

“This fight came around because I have the best promoter in the business, Lee Baxter, who was happy with my first two performances so he worked hard to get me on this show,” said Reeves.

“I always knew, eventually, I would be on shows of this magnitude as well as eventually headlining shows this size. I don’t feel it’s early because I work so hard that, any level I am put on, I have the ability to perform on the night.”

Looking to prevent Reeves from performing on the night will be American Edward Torres.

The Treaty County fighter isn’t too aware of what his third pro foe brings to the table, but knows he is coming to win – something he is adamant won’t happen. 
“I don’t know too much about him just that he was a good amateur and he will be coming to win. He will be coming to win but he wont win. My plan is to show up 100% ready and do what i always do with gods help.” 


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