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Champ Andy Lee - I'll defend world title at home

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Andy Lee, centre, celebrates after his victory against Matt Korborov.

Andy Lee, centre, celebrates after his victory against Matt Korborov.

Andy Lee, centre, celebrates after his victory against Matt Korborov.

Andy Lee has become Ireland's first world champion to win the WBO Middleweight competition since 1934 - and now wants to defend his title at home.

The boxer was the shock winner in Las Vegas on Saturday night after he stormed to a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated Russian Matt Korborov.

Lee (30) from Limerick delivered a forceful right hand blow and then went on to finish the job in the sixth round at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Lee said he was "on top of the world" after the fight.

"Thank you for all the support. It truly means a lot to me," he added.

"Bringing the belt home to Ireland."

Lee has become Ireland's first world champion to win the title in the US since Jimmy McLarnin in 1934.

The boxer said that he was struggling to get his head around the victory.

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"It's tough to describe this moment," he said after the fight.

"I am a champion and I want to defend my belt in Ireland and I will fight the best in the world.

"I have to say a thank you to my coach Adam Booth, who has done so much for me in the last couple of years - this title is for him but also for the man who made me, Emanuel Steward."

Steward, who coached the likes of Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko before his death in 2012, had taken Lee under his wing.

He paid tribute to his long-term mentor and friend.

"I lived with him for seven to eight years and learned so much from him. He said I would win a world title and tonight I made that come true," Lee added.

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