Middleweight Champion Andy Lee

By Robert Ecksel on December 14, 2014
Middleweight Champion Andy Lee
After thanking his coach, Adam Booth, Andy Lee turned his attention to Emanuel Steward.

There’s the glory of winning, the glory of fulfilling one’s destiny, the glory of having a dream come true…

No one ever mistook boxing for the Land of Happy Endings. Some fighters land on their feet with their wits and winnings intact, but they’re the exception which proves the rule. Opponents and promoters see to it that happy endings as we imagine them are few and far between.

But there is glory to be had in the square circle. There’s the glory of winning, the glory of defying odds, the glory of fulfilling one’s destiny, the glory of having a dream come true.

Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, on the Bradley-Chaves undercard, “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs), the perennial middleweight contender from Limerick, Ireland, got a taste of that glory by stopping previously undefeated Matt Korobov (24-1, 14 KOs), from Orotukan, Russia, at 1:10 of round six to win the vacant WBO middleweight title.

With his career on the line and retirement looming, with Lee behind on the scorecards, he landed his trademark right hook which stunned Korobov. Lee jumped on his man and unleashed a torrent of punches, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to intervene and wave it off.

“It’s tough to describe this moment,” said Lee after the bout. “Matt Korobov was giving me nightmares, but I could hear all the cheers from all that came to see me from New York and Detroit. We were trading and a lot of the times he was having the better of it. But my right hook is a killer punch. I thought he wasn’t going down but I wasn’t taking any chances.’

After thanking his coach, Adam Booth, Lee turned his attention to the late Emanuel Steward.

“I lived with him for seven to eight years and learned so much from him. He said I would win a world title and tonight I made him true.”

In a welcome reversal of fortune, nice guys don’t always finish last.

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  1. Koolz 10:41pm, 12/14/2014

    I only saw the highlights but I really thought Korobov would beat Lee.  I was Wrong!
    From the Highlights I think a Lee vs GGG fight would basically be a Macklin vs GGG fight.
    Same result.
    I hope Lee doesn’t fight GGG it wouldn’t even last 3 rounds.
    Maybe Lee against Taylor.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:50pm, 12/14/2014

    Korobov’s heart doesn’t seem to be in it and Lee is all heart and a big right hook.

  3. Dave Van Deusen 02:28pm, 12/14/2014

    Great win for Andy.  Down on the cards, dreams slipping away, and BAM. He did it against McEwan, he did it against Jackson, why not have the faith that he would do it against Korobov?  I love watching this guy fight!

    Looking forward, I like his chances against Saunders.  I think on the right night he could beat many if not most the top ten middle weights. Because of his size I could be convinced to put $100 on him vs. Cotto.  GGG on the other hand is a different story (don’t see anyone beating GGG -including Ward- anytime soon). 

    Anyway, great fight Andy (hell of a right hook!).

  4. Pete The Sneak 09:41am, 12/14/2014

    Heck, the way the judges were scoring fights last night, Lee didn’t need the TKO. He would have won a UD if the judges would have stuck to the script…All kidding aside, This is why you see the fights. Every now and then, someone like Andy Lee scores a big shot while losing badly and turns everything around. ..Congrats to Andy. One of the real good guys in the sport… I thought the same may have possibly happened in the Ramirez/Mares fight. That was some Donnybrook those two were engaged in and I was thinking Ramirez may very well land something big on Mares for the upset. He did several times, but Mares took the shots well…Good to see Mares call out Johnny Gonzalez for the rematch before moving on. Has to settle some personal business and rightfully so…Peace.

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