Andy vows to see off Odyssey rival

Andy Lee
Andy Lee

Andy Lee will be looking to get his career back on track at the Odyssey on Saturday night.

Irish middleweight Lee faces the durable Anthony Fitzgerald on the undercard of the European title fight between Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez.

This will be Lee’s first outing since he suffered a seventh-round stoppage loss when he challenged Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC world middleweight title on June 16 in El Paso, Texas.

Before the stoppage Lee was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards and he now believes he has to keep on winning to get back on the road to title contention.

“I’m training now with Adam Booth, he’s an excellent world class trainer.

“We have worked hard together over the last five months in the gym reappraising my boxing style and making adjustments to my game.

“He’s a very smart and strategic trainer and he has taught me a lot of new things in a short period of time.

“A new location and trainer has reinvigorated me, it is a new beginning and chapter in my life. I can’t wait to step into the ring and get back to winning ways. Fitzgerald is a game and gutsy fighter and he is looking for an upset.

“However, I’m totally focused on the job at hand, I will be in Belfast to take care of business and leave nothing to chance. I intend to put in a quality performance and showcase my skills with an impressive win come Saturday night.

“I would like to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport for this opportunity to fight in Belfast live on Sky TV,” he added.

Lee is ranked highly by the WBC and the WBA and Lee will see a win on Saturday night opening doors to fights against the likes of Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray.

The main bouts on Saturday see Frampton challenging Kiko Martinez for his European title and Martin Lindsay will compete for the British and Commonwealth against Le Selby. Martin Rogan, Jamie Conlon, Eamonn O’Kane, Marc McCullough and Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane will also all appear.