Saturday 24 February 2018

Boxing: Lee aims to blow experienced Walker away

Thomas Myler

LIMERICK southpaw Andy Lee continues his US campaign when he ducks between the ropes at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, tonight determined to show he is world-class material.

The former Olympian meets local middleweight Michael 'The Midnight Stalker' Walker in the main event on a card billed as 'The Windy City Fight Night'.

Walker is not a rated contender, but he is a solid puncher, with 19 wins, four losses and two draws, and is capable of extending the Castleconnell man. But Lee's sharper boxing and accurate hitting should get him through.

"I've been looking forward to this fight for some time now and I don't intend any slips," he said yesterday. "I've been working hard in sparring sessions in the gym in Detroit, where I am based under Emanuel Steward. I know Walker is an experienced fighter who has his job to do, but so have I."

Meanwhile, in Birmingham tomorrow night Matthew Macklin also has his sights on the world middleweight title. At the LG Arena on a big Frank Warren promotion, Macklin hopes to regain the European title he never lost in the ring when he challenges Georgia's Shalva Jomardashvili.

Victory should boost the ratings position of Birmingham-born Macklin, whose father is from Roscommon and his mother from Tipperary. He is inside the top 10 rankings of the four major boxing organisations, the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF.

"At 28, I feel I'm coming into my prime," said Macklin, who relinquished the European title early this year because of injury. "Hopefully, the win will advance my claims for a world title fight."

Irish Independent

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