Andy Lee returned to the ring last night at the BB King Blues Club in midtown Manhattan, New York City, before a frenzied crowd, as the Limerick slugger destroyed overmatched opponent Daryl Cunningham in the first round.
Lee, not known for starting a bout quick, came out and established a snapping jab, before a massive left land caught Cunningham flush, rocking him back to the ropes, where Lee unloaded with both hands, leaving the referee with no other option but to stop the bout with Cunningham taking some heavy punishment.
Lee, who is rebuilding following a TKO loss to Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC middleweight world title last year, said after the fight:
“Onward and upward from here,” said Lee with a smile.
“I feel like I am at the top of my game right now and obviously the number one guy in the middleweight division is Sergio Martinez and that is the fight I want.
We have the same promoter in Lou DiBella, so I feel like it is an easy fight to make and one that is very attractive for the middleweight division. I know that Sergio is taking some time off, but I’ll be ready for him once he is ready to go.”
There is no chance Lee will fight Martinez this year, after the middlewieght king broke his hand in facing Martin Murray. If that fight were to happen it wouldn’t take place until next year at least.
In the mean time, the British middleweight scene in buzzing, and although he will not want to jeopardise his chances of fighting for a world title again, he should be looking to face the likes of Martin Murray, Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin.
Lee looked very good last night, and if he can keep that fast start going for the next bout he will be fighting for world honours again very soon.