Training shake up for Lee Reeves

Lee Reeves [5(4)-1(0)] has shaken things up training wise and is set to swap Limerick for the sunnier climes of Lanzarote.

The slick light welterweight has just finished a trail period with former Irish middleweight champion Jonathan O’Brien and told Irish-boxing.com things went well enough for him to decide to team up with team Champions Gym.

Reeves will now train in Spain and becomes a gym mate of Dublin’s Francy Luzoho and Belfast’s Paul McCullagh.

The move comes on the back of the Limerick fighter’s first career defeat. Having impressed in Canada since turning over under Lee Baxter in late 2018, the 25-year-old was surprised by Ukrainian Artur Davydenko – a fighter he would have rematched but for lockdown – in February.

Post the defeat, which it has to be said came against a fighter whose record doesn’t tell the full story, Reeves lamented the lack of presence of then trainer Dom Ingle in the day of the fight and a change looked likely.

That change has come, speaking about it Reeves explained to Irish-boxing.com: “I went out two weeks ago just to see how I got on with Jonner O’Brien and we clicked instantly. I was shocked and surprised with how much knowledge he had for the game and with how much experience and passion he had.

“It’s not just knowledge of one type of fighter or style. He works with all different types of fighters and he doesn’t try change you, he just adds to you and just gets the best out of you. So I can definitely see my future being coached by Jonner O’Brien and being part of the Champions Gym Lanzarote.”

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