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Andy Lee Scheduled To Fight Again, July 19th In Ireland
Once a fighter considered by many as a dead-cert to become a world champion, middleweight prospect Andy Lee was instead shockingly beaten in seven rounds by huge underdog Brian Vera in March. Now, according to BoxRec.com, Lee is set to make his return to the ring since his first career loss..

Set to box in Limerick, Ireland, the 23-year-old southpaw will face an opponent as yet TBA. A return fight with Vera would be a welcome match, but this seems unlikely - at least for now. Instead look for Lee to restore his confidence with a fight against a relatively safe opponent. Still a genuine talent who may go on to achieve some of what lots of people felt he would, Lee will hopefully have learnt from his losing bout with Vera.

Now knowing he has to afford each and every opponent he faces some respect, the 23-year-old will hopefully have worked on his defence in particular. Caught way too many times by Vera back in March, Lee took a lot of punishing blows. Fast, powerful and gifted he may be, but Lee discovered the hard way that as good as he is he must pay attention to the defensive side of the game.

Again, hopefully we will see an improved Andy Lee on July 19th. As with fellow up-and-coming talent Yuriorkis Gamboa, there was talk not long ago about Lee being world class material already. Such talk was proven to be quite foolish this past March. Yet if Lee had gotten past Vera it is likely he would have been moved up to the top notch, facing guys like the superb Winky Wright. Amazingly, there was talk of this fight happening down the road for Lee later this year! Talk about rushing a young fighter. Indeed, is there a tendency to move certain hot prospects too soon these days? [/I]

Fighters like Lee and Gamboa, though talented, need to be nurtured far more than it seems some people are willing to let them be nurtured. Maybe the loss to Vera was a blessing in disguise for the 23-year-old who is trained by Emanuel Steward. Will we find out how well he has dealt with this setback in a couple of months time.

It's not appropriate to write the Irish hope off yet, but neither was it appropriate to burden him with the lofty expectations he was subjected to as he romped to his initial 16 pro victories
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i liked Andy as an amateur, i liked him in the olympics, i like Andy as a pro, i dont however like how Manny Steward has been building him up to the lofty levels he has been. some of the stuff he came out with in Ireland last time andy fought at home was crazy. He needs time to nurture his talent and needs fights, alot more that 16-17 fights before he even thinks about fighting for a world title. i still wont write andy off, not by a long shot however i think Manny wanted to much to soon from Andy.
 
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I'm not ready to either but most people have around here. He was just hyped up way too fast is all. I see he has the talent, he just needs to work on them.
totally agree, if manny steward had just let him get on with fighting and not mention kelly pavliks name after everyone of andys fights he wouldnt be under the microscope the way he is.He was set up for a fall imo. I think Manny is just desperate to get some one to beat Pavlik after Taylor got beaten by him.

Duddy beats Andy at the moment aswell, despite what Manny thinks aswell
 

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Manny just made statement's he should of never made claiming he could beat alot of the top
middle weights,one things for sure his next fight is a must win fight and he will have to
win it impressively.
 

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totally agree, if manny steward had just let him get on with fighting and not mention kelly pavliks name after everyone of andys fights he wouldnt be under the microscope the way he is.He was set up for a fall imo. I think Manny is just desperate to get some one to beat Pavlik after Taylor got beaten by him.

Duddy beats Andy at the moment aswell, despite what Manny thinks aswell
I agree :thumbsup:
 
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Manny just made statement's he should of never made claiming he could beat alot of the top
middle weights,one things for sure his next fight is a must win fight and he will have to
win it impressively.
Last time out in Ireland, Manny got on the Mic and told the crowd in attendance Andy was ready for Pavlik and would beat him.i nearly fell off my chair.
 

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Last time out in Ireland, Manny got on the Mic and told the crowd in attendance Andy was ready for Pavlik and would beat him.i nearly fell off my chair.
Manny is grasping at straws lol.
 

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He doesn't even have an opponent. They'll pick a bum for him to fight in his home town. He'll win easily.

They are trying to make him look bad I think. Putting him on the same card as Gamboa is a lock to make him look terrible. I wanted to never see this guy again.
 
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He doesn't even have an opponent. They'll pick a bum for him to fight in his home town. He'll win easily.

They are trying to make him look bad I think. Putting him on the same card as Gamboa is a lock to make him look terrible. I wanted to never see this guy again.
id be suprised if his next fight is in Ireland tbh, like i say andy has talent but has been built up way to much all by Manny Steward. He needs to get his head now, tell manny to button it and let his talking be done in the ring. I like Andy and hope he does well but i dont think he is World Champ material,maybe some day but hes a long way off that right now.:thumbsup:
 

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Steward: Lee will become middleweight champion of the world
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