Sunday 22 July 2018

Former world champion Lee calls time on 'vicious sport'


Andy Lee calls time on 'vicious sport'. Photo: Sportsfile
Andy Lee calls time on 'vicious sport'. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

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 man (33) confirmed last night that he was retiring from the ring after 16 years competing at the top in both codes.

The former world champion 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 mindset 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 a fight."

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

Irish Independent

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