Andy Lee (18-1) beat Oleg’s Fedotovs (10-6) by unanimous decision last Saturday night on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko/Ruslan Chagaev heavyweight title fight at the Gelatins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
The 25-year-old dominated the fight and easily won the contest to notch up his 18th victory as a professional. An accidental butt in the final round caused a slight graze on his right eye, but the injury is not serious and will not delay any plans for his next fight.
“I got a little nick at the end of the last round, a clash of heads; we were both going for it in the last round. He was trying to stop me and I was trying to get him out of there and we clashed,” Lee told the Irish Voice Monday.
“It did not require a stitch and hopefully in three weeks I’ll be back sparring again."
“If it was a big cut I would be very annoyed but it is not, and I would be taking the time off anyway because you need some off after a fight so I am happy,” continued the 2004 Olympian.
“It was a day’s work. That is how I would look at it. I had to go in there and do a job."
“It wasn’t a big fight for me. I was the second fight on the undercard of the night, a six rounder against an unknown opponent, so I just said I would go in there, box, do a good job and that’s pretty much how it went.”
Due to TV scheduling the fight was changed from an eight rounder to a six rounder, and Lee had to make sure that he made no early mistakes. Fedotovs did not just show up for the paycheck, and his professionalism impressed the Limerick man.
“Fair dues to him, he was spirited. He wanted to win the fight and he was determined. He caught me with a couple of good shots and he was no pushover at all."
“I had to fight him all the way and I had to stay concentrated. A couple of times during the fight I relaxed a bit and lost concentration and he caught me. He was a serious fighter and I respect him for it.”
However, the Kronk gym fighter’s superior skills told in the end and he had his man down in the last round to punctuate his control of proceedings, though Lee wasn’t entirely sure what shot put his opponent on the seat of his pants.
“I don’t even remember myself, but I am told it was a left hand that put him down. I remember that I hurt him in the first round and I tried a little bit too much to knock him out,” he said.
“It never comes when you are looking for it, and in the last round I was just boxing, thinking, I will just box this out and get the win, and in the mix of punches I caught him with something and next thing he was down on the ground. I was just happy he was down, but I was told it was a straight left hand that put him there.”
The Latvian survived the count and the final bell rang shortly after that.
Lee will take a few weeks off in New York (he is in the process of moving here) but will stay in shape while trainer/manager Emanuel Steward looks for his next assignment.
“I’ll stay training in New York, probably do a bit of running and shadow boxing. Whenever Emanuel gets a fight lined up then I will head back to Detroit to train,” he said.
Lee hopes to get back in the ring quickly and plans are afoot to have a fight in the U.S. in July or August as he aims to build on this win and climb up the world rankings.
In other news, the Irish amateur team won three gold, three silver and three bronze medals at the European Union amateur boxing championships in Odense Denmark last week.
David Oliver Joyce won gold on the 57 kg division, Darren O’Neill topped the podium in the 75 kg division and Con Sheehan was king of the big men at 91 kg.
Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan picked up bronze after narrowly losing his semifinal bout.