Andy Lee hasn’t fought since December of 2015, when he dropped a majority decision and his 160-pound alphabet title to Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester, but the former Olympian will make his long-awaited return to action on St. Patrick’s weekend in New York.
During a recent interview with iFL TV’s Kugan Cassius, Lee’s trainer Adam Booth confirmed that the Limerick southpaw will take on an opponent to-be-announced on the undercard of the massive middleweight showdown between Kazakh menace Gennady Golovkin and New York’s own Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden.
Booth added that he hoped this outing will be the first of three for Lee this year.
Lee is joined in action that weekend by Olympic bronze medallist and world amateur champion Michael Conlan, who makes his professional debut on St. Patrick’s Day itself. Conlan will box Colorado’s Tim Ibarra in front of what will undoubtedly be a raucous and partisan crowd in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, a more intimate venue situated within the walls of the world-famous arena.
Lee’s inclusion to the weekend’s festivities is good news for Irish boxing fans making the trip to the ‘Big Apple’ who may have been left disappointed when Paddy Barnes wasn’t added to the Conlan card as expected and Katie Taylor was removed from the March 18th show due to a promotional dispute.