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Lee gets chance to shine before 60,000 crowd

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

The fight will be on the undercard of Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defense against Russian Ruslan Chagaev.
“I’m really honored to have the opportunity to fight on the card,” the Detroit-based Lee told RTE Sport. “It is not every day you get a chance like this – the undercard of a world heavyweight title fight in a sold out 60,000 capacity venue is truly amazing.
“Waldimir is a real professional and is an inspiration and role model to me as a boxer in the process of learning my trade,” Lee added.
The Limerick prospect (17-1, 13 KOs) is on a two-fight winning streak after his shock loss to Brian Vera in March 2008.
In Fedotovs 10-5, 6 KOs] he meets a foe who had a busy 2008. In contrast to the Irishman who fought three times last year, The Latvian, a six-footer who’ll spot Lee two inches, had six contests in 2008, five of which he won.
“I am very focused on developing my boxing skills and this fight gives me the opportunity to gain yet more experience,” Lee told RTE. “I have been a professional now for just over three years and I am still learning through my fights and in the gym.”
His Hall of Fame trainer, Emanuel Steward, said: “‘Andy is one of the most committed and dedicated fighter’s I have ever worked with.
“He lives a very disciplined life and has always had a very mature attitude in his approach to his boxing career. Andy is a pleasure to be around and work with; he will shine in this forthcoming fight.”
It seems that John Duddy remains very much in demand despite his loss two months ago.
According to the Belfast Telegraph the middleweight prospect, who’s back home in Derry, is on the radar of Hector Camacho, Jr., while a fight with Irish light middleweight titlist is a possibility.
The paper quotes Duddy advisor Craig Hamilton as confirming that an offer to fight Camacho in New York on August had been received.
But the Sinclair scrap appears more viable with Derry the likely site, even though the offer for the fight is not “big enough.”
“It’s not all about money but professional fighters fight for money and at the moment there is plenty of scope for negotiation,” said Hamilton, who has received a substantial offer for Duddy to box Camacho.
“The fight with Sinclair is one that I like and it’s one that John wants and of course if it was in Derry that would be very appealing,” added Hamilton.
“This is boxing and we have to do the best for John. So we’ll see what happens over the next few days.”
Duddy is the top ranked Irish light middleweight contender.
Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn is a happy camper as he prepares for his IBF title match with champion Tomasz Adamek at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on July 11.
Adamek also holds the symbolic Ring Magazine championship, earning him recognition as the best among the cruiserweight belt holders.
“I’m really excited,” said Gunn [21-3-1, 18 KOs] whose family roots on both sides are in County Cork. “It’s been a while since an Irish fighter fought a Ring champion.”
Born in Virginia of Canadian-Irish parents, Gunn said he’s expecting some one hundred relatives from Ireland for the fight and is keen not to disappoint them.
The 35 year-old is living none of the proverbial stones unturned in training and should he dethrone Adamek, a highly touted Polish brawler with a 37-1 [25 KO] ledger, he hopes to make a title defense in Ireland.
Gunn, holder of the fringe WBA-NABA and WBC-USNBC belts, is the number two ranked Irish cruiserweight.
Ticket information for the Gunn-Adamek contest is available at (973) 200-7050.

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