Irish Andy Lee was soundly defeated by 7th round TKO by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (46-0-1, 31 KOs) in a WBC middleweight title fight at the Sun Bowl in El Paso Texas on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Lee started off good keeping Chavez at a distance with his jab in round one. But he lost control of the fight as Chavez walked through his punches and closed the distance in round four. Rounds five, six and seven saw Chavez landing the heavier blows. In round seven with Lee up against the ropes taking a mix of heavy punches to the body and head referee Laurence Cole jumped in and stopped the fight at 2:21 to save Lee from further abuse.
Andy Lee had a successful amateur boxing career prior to turning pro. He won a silver medal in the 2002 Junior World Championships in Cuba and a bronze medal in the 2004 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Crotia qualifing him for the Ireland 2004 Olympic boxing team. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Lee won the 1st round and countbacked the 2nd round.
The legendary Emanuel Steward, Lee's trainer expects him to become a world champion by 2009. Steward recruited Lee out of the 2004 Olympics and was in his corner when Lee made his pro debut on March 1, 2006 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Having fought seven times in 2007 Steward wants Lee to fight once a month in 2008 to practice his craft. Steward says that how most of his fighters such as Michael Moorer and Thomas Hearns won their championships.
Andy Lee KOs Carl Daniels
Lee's 3rd round knockout of former world middleweight champion Carl Daniels on March 16, 2007 at Madison Square Garden was among his best fights in 2007. Lee landed a perfect right hook that sent Daniels flat on his back on the canvas.
Andy Lee in his 2007 boxing tour in Ireland boosted his pro boxing record when he retired both Ciaran Healy and Jason McKay on their stools in bouts fought in Dublin. In Lee's hometown debut in Limerick he knocked out the tough Argentine Alejandro Gustavo Falliga.
Lee lost in a huge upset to former Contender contestant Brian Vera by 7th round TKO on Friday, March 21, 2008 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In a shocker referee Tony Chiarantano stopped the fight in mid action as Lee hit Vera in the face with a straight left. Lee had taken quite a beating but the stoppage seemed premature since Lee was still throwing punches. Lee had dropped Vera in round one and it looked as though Lee would have a short night but Vera proved to have a good chin and found a way inside catching Lee repeatedly.
So now the former undefeated 6' 2" tall middleweight Irish southpaw, one of boxing's top prospects has lost his "O".
Lee vs Vera - 7th Round TKO
Lee puts Brian Vera on the deck in round one. Lee is still punching as the referee stops the fight in the 7th round!
Coming off a lost to Brian Vera in March Andy Lee beat Willie Gibbs (20-4-0, 16 KOs) by 10th round TKO on Saturday, July 19, 2008 in his hometown in Limerick, Irleand at University Arena. Gibbs' corner threw in the towel at 2:57 with Gibbs having been dropped and taking a pummeling.
Andy Lee beat Alexander Sipos (19-6-2, 9 KOs) by points in a 10-round bout on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at The O2, Dublin, Ireland. Lee downed Sipos in round six. Lee is now three wins from his knockout loss to Brian Vera in 2008.
Fighting on the Klitschko-Chagaev undercard Andy Lee beat Olegs Fedotovs (10-6-0, 6 KOs) by 6th round unanimous decision on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Scores were 60-53, 60-51 and 59-55 all for Lee. In the 6th round Fedotovs was down and Lee was cut under the right eye.
Andy Lee beat James Cook (11-4-1, 8 KOs) of Springfield, Missouri by 5th round KO on Friday, July 33, 2010 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Lee totally outclassed his opponent. Lee stopped Cook with a left hook to the body in round five. It was the same shot that put Cook down in round four but the referee ruled that one a low blow. Lee has now won seven fights in a row, four by stoppage, since his lone loss to Brian Vera in 2008.
Lee fought a very smart disciplined fight beating Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) of Chicago, Illinois by 8th round TKO on Friday, September 17, 2010 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Referee Celestino Ruiz stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:03 of round eight with Walker trapped in the corner taking hard punches. With this victory Lee has now won eight fights in a row since his TKO loss to Bryan Vera in March 2008. Lee vs Walker headlined the fight card promoted by Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions.
On Saturday, October 2, 2010 at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana, Lee destroyed journeyman Troy Lowry (27-11-0, 16 KOs) by 4th round TKO in a super middleweight bout. Lee, fighting only two weeks after his previous fight downed Lowry five times before the bout was waived off at 2:59 of round four. Lee vs Lowry headlined the fight card promoted by Billy Reese of Wild Bill's Boxing.
Andy Lee threw an overhand left knocking out Scottish Craig McEwan (19-1-0, 10 KOs) at 0:56 of round 10 in a bout dubbed the "Celtic War" on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. McEwan was also down in round nine from a straight left to the nose. McEwan beat the count but was glassy eyed and on shaky legs. In round ten Lee sensing that McEwan was tired and not fully recovered from his round nine knockdown went for the kill finishing McEwan with a left. Referee Steve Smoger waved off the fight with McEwan on the canvas. It was a significant come from behind win for Lee definately resurrecting his career.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Donald Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Andy Lee defeated former Congolese Alex Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision in an NABF and NABA middleweight title fight. Scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90.
Lee defeated Brian Vera (19-6-0, 12 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision in their rematch on the undercard of Martinez vs Barker on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Scores were 99-90, 99-90 and 98-91. In round two Lee knocked Vera down with a straight left. Then in round three he wobbled Vera with a right hook. And in round six Lee landed another right hook and Vera's glove touched the canvas but no knockdown was scored. It was a shutout for Lee who fought tactically, cautiously and smart landing clean lefts and rights throughout the bout avenging his one and only professional loss to Vera three years ago.
Continuing on his winning streak Andy Lee knocked out Mexican Saul "Baby" Duran (40-20-2, 33 KOs) at 0:54 of round two in a middleweight fight on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. It was a stay busy fight for Lee who scored a knockdown of Duran in round one with a right hook to head as Duran bull rushed Lee. And in round two Lee sent Duran to the canvas again with a left to the body and a right hook to the head.