Andy Lee, Kronk Irish middleweight boxing star, put on a master-class performance against a tough and credible Michael Walker on Friday evening in the main event of the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing showcase at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL.
Lee took control of the fight from the opening bell, with his superior boxing skills successfully suppressing the come forward and bullish style of Walker. Lee continually worked from behind the right jab, feinting and countering to the body and head of his opponent.
The Kronk fighter like a lumberjack felling a tree; broke down Walker in the middle rounds by patiently going about his work and picking his punches with precision.
Sensing victory was in sight the southpaw Lee opened up with a combination of hard and telling blows in the 8th round, before referee Celestino Ruiz was forced to step in with 1 minute left in the round to stop the fight and save Walker from any further punishment.
As Lee left the ring, he received rapturous applause from Chicago’s Irish community and boxing fans around the arena that were enthused by the skill and talent of the young 26 year old Irish fighter.
Following the fight Lee commented ‘Can I first of all pay credit to the determination and heart shown by Michael Walker this evening; he gave me a good fight. I kept my focus and composure throughout the fight and I’m delighted with the stoppage win.’
Emanuel Steward, Lee’s manager and trainer was clearly pleased by the performance of his pupil ‘Andy is growing in confidence; he fought a very smart and disciplined fight and demonstrated great maturity in the ring. I was delighted when Andy stepped on the gas and got his opponent out of there. It is now full steam ahead, we have another fight coming up in two weeks time.’’
Lee’s record advances to 23 W (17ko) 1L and he will return to the ring on Friday, October 2 headlining a boxing event promoted by Hitz Boxing at the lavish ‘Venue’ in the Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana. The opponent for the fight will be veteran fighter Troy Lowry from Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Tickets are available at the ‘Venue’ box office, ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more event information, visit www.hitzboxing.com.