06.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Irish middleweight prospect Andy Lee (9-0, 6 KOs) returns to action on Saturday night, fighting on the undercard of Klitschko vs. Brewster in Koln, Germany. Lee’s opponent, Thomas Hengstberge (12-4-2, 3 KOs), from Austria, is a last minute replacement for Engin Erdogan. The change of opponent doesn’t figure to matter much for Lee, 23, who will likely stop Hengstberge before the distance.
Article posted on 07.07.2007
Lee, a blazing fast southpaw and considered one of the top middleweight prospects in boxing, not too long ago moved to Detroit to train with Emanuel Steward. He’s still relatively unknown at this point, despite his extraordinary talent, due to it still being the early stages of his professional career. However, he’s quickly gaining notoriety, in large part because he’s been fighting on the undercards of stable-mate Wladimir Klitschko, whom he also spars with quite frequently.
Lee fought as an amateur in the 2004 Summer Olympics, and turned professional shortly afterwards. Since turning pro, Lee has destroyed all nine opponents he’s faced, including former IBF middleweight champion Carl Daniels, whom Lee stopped in three rounds in March 2007.
Although he doesn’t get mentioned as much as John Duddy, another famed Irish middleweight starting out, Lee looks to be the much better prospect of the two, good enough perhaps to be a champion at some point in the near future if he keeps progressing successfully as he has up to this point.