By Mark Vester
Andy Lee (14-0, 11KOs), one of the brightest prospects in the sport, stopped Jason McKay (18-2, 6KOs) after six-rounds at the National Stadium in Dublin to capture the Irish super middleweight title.
Lee punished McKay, angered by comments made by his opponent during the weigh-in, claiming that he had no heart. He dropped McKay with a right hook in the second, but received a cut from above his eye from a clash of heads in what appeared to be the third or fourth round. The sixth was target practice, with Lee unloading on his brave opponent and knocking out his mouthpiece with a combination. After having his way with McKay for the majority of the six-rounds, and peppering him with punches to head and combinations, McKay was unable to come out for the seventh-round.
Lee, who fights out of the world famous Kronk Gym in Detroit, is looking for big things in 2008, including setting his sights on Kelly Pavlik at the end of the year. Lee's manager/trainer Emanuel Steward, said Lee is not like his fellow Irish fighter John Duddy (another undefeated middleweight). He says Lee is actually capable of beating WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, and his fighter is willing to fight anyone at middleweight.
"Andy Lee will beat Kelly Pavlik to become middleweight champion of the world," said Steward to RTE Television. "[John] Duddy may not want to fight Pavlik just yet but Andy Lee will fight any middleweight in the world today."
Lee said it's his dream to walk among his countrymen, with the WBC middleweight title around his waist.
"It's my dream to get off the plane at Shannon and walk down O'Connell Street and meet the people of Limerick with the WBC belt," Lee said.
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