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Andy Lee: It Was The Right Time To Retire From Boxing

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, former WBO middleweight world champion Andy Lee announced his retirement from boxing.

Lee (35-3-1, 24 KOs) appeared on the Off The Ball program and announced his retirement from the sport.

The veteran, still only 33 years old, has been out of the ring since last March.

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He was in the discussion as a possible opponent for Daniel Jacobs on April 14th, but the two sides were not on the same bar when it came to the financial end and the fight never happened.

Lee lost his WBO title in December of 2015, when he was dropped twice and lost a twelve round majority decision at the hands of Billy Joe Saunders, who still holds the belt.

He didn't return to the ring until March 2017 at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs undercard. He won a eight round decision over KeAndrae Leatherwood, but he didn't look that good in the fight. 

"It's a good decision, it's a good moment and to go out on my own terms and not be retired in the ring - a lot of fighters lose it that way but it's time now - it's the right time," Lee told Off The Ball.

"I'm thirty-three years old. I've achieved everything I've wanted to in the game - I've had an amazing career and an amazing life through boxing. It has defined my life, it has defined who I am but it's the right time to call it a day. It has been on my mind for a while. Over the last two years I've kept myself available. I fought in March of last year, I won that fight and I just kept myself available to see what my options were if a fight came along that would entice me back.

"None of the fights and none of the offers were good enough or big enough to get me to go back and I have responsibilities now as a father - to leave my wife and my daughter, it would take a big fight to get me to do that, to leave them, to go away training and to put myself through all that.

"If I was single with no child - I probably would have been back in the gym straight away after the fight with Billy Joe Saunders but I took a decision to take some time off and then we had the baby so that's been the best thing and that's really my priority right now."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SUBZER0ED on 02-21-2018

Well, if he's been thinking about retiring, it is a good move. You can't expect to be at the top of your game with the mindset of retirement.

Comment by IlikeBikeTython on 02-21-2018

[QUOTE=HarvardBlue;18505927]I still can't believe he lost to Chavez Jr. That says a lot about his career.[/QUOTE] It says a lot about his career that he lost a competitive fight to a younger stronger dude who was a massive weight bully…

Comment by HarvardBlue on 02-21-2018

I still can't believe he lost to Chavez Jr. That says a lot about his career.

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-21-2018

I hope Andy has a good retirement he earned it he never was an elite and Elite but he always gave his all and he gave fans some good Thrills to remember him by...

Comment by TommyParker on 02-21-2018

Seems humble and smart move if no hunger but I wont miss him.. his last fight was horrendous.. still remember the crowd booing halfway through because neither were throwing for like 25 seconds hahah

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