Tuesday 18 June 2019

Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing

Andy Lee has retired
Andy Lee has retired

Andy Lee has announced that he's hanging up his gloves after a highly successful career in both the amateur and pro ranks.

The Limerick southpaw confirmed on Off The Ball that he was throwing in the towel after 16 years competing at the top in both codes.

Lee had been hoping to get one last big fight before retiring but decided to call it quits and reckons that fighters have to be hungry.

"I know if I went back to the gym my mind-set would change. I was out for a year and I went back in 2017. Within the space of a week it was like I never left," he said.

"I was training and that would probably be the case again (if he went back). I would fall back into the groove, but it's a brutal sport, it's a vicious sport.

"You have to be hungry, you have to want it. If I really wanted it I would be on the phone to Adam (Adam Booth coach) every day looking for fight."

The former St Francis Boxing Club lefty, Ireland's only boxer at the 2004 Olympics, retires after 227 rounds of prizefighting with 35 wins from 39 outings.

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