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Saturday 30 August 2014

Victorious Lee in line for world title shot

Lee floors Jackson to line up world title bid

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Andy Lee celebrates his knock out of John Jackson of the U.S. in the fifth round of their USNBC Super Welterweight title bout
Andy Lee celebrates his knock out of John Jackson of the U.S. in the fifth round of their USNBC Super Welterweight title bout

Former Irish Olympian Andy Lee got off the floor to knock out John Jackson with a career-rescuing fifth-round right hook at Madison Square Garden in New York, WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

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The Limerick southpaw, who has dropped to light-middle, went down under a right from Jackson in the first and soaked up some big shots in the second of the scheduled 10-rounder.

Johnson piled on the pressure again in the fifth, but a sweet right from Limerick man Lee, who was backed up against the ropes, knocked the Virgin Island-born orthodox out cold.

Saturday's win saw the Castleconnell man collect the vacant NABF light-middle title and improve to 33 wins from 35 outings (23 KOs).

The fight was being touted in some quarters as an eliminator for a tilt at five-division champion Floyd Mayweather, but that looks unlikely. However, Lee is in line for a world title shot. Lee and Jackson were meeting on the Miguel Cotto versus Sergio Martinez undercard.

Cotto walked away with the WBC World middleweight title after Martinez was retired on his stool after the ninth round.

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