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Andy Lee plans to light up Las Vegas

Tonight in Las Vegas, Ireland's Andy Lee get a chance to turn dreams into reality when he meets Russia's Matt Korobov to dispute the WBO world title. "This is my date with destiny," he says. "This is my time."

Lee's opponent, Matt Korobov, is a former amateur world champion. Unbeaten as a pro, he's won 14 of his 24 wins by KO.

But Lee has spotted flaws in the Russian's style he believes he can exploit to claim the title. His coach Adam Booth is adamant that the Limerickman has what it takes. "I fully expect him to win," he says.

Lee has something every champion needs. A KO punch. He's shown it time and again. Most impressively in his last fight, when under severe pressure, he demolished John Jackson with a crunching right hook.

Adam Booth has been coaching Lee for two years. "He's improved in all areas," he insists. "Technically and physically. Andy's very knowledgeable about boxing and I've been working on making him even better."

There's no disputing Lee is what they call "officer material."

A balanced, well-adjusted athlete who was Ireland's sole boxing Olympian in Athens in 2004, he took the harder road and set out to become world champion in the professional trade.

He knew it wouldn't be easy but he was methodical. He travelled to Detroit where he became the protege of the legendary Emanuel Stewart at the famous Kronk Gym.

Lee's record shows how he's progressed. 35 pro fights. 33 wins and 23 knock-outs.

As tonight's action drew closer, Lee got his game face on. "I expect a hard fight," he told me. "He's fast but I'm confident. I've the extra experience and extra power and I'm in the very best shape of my life."


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