Andy Lee won a majority points decision against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark on Saturday night.
Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world middleweight rankings dropped down to the light-middleweight division for this contest.
In the opening rounds a composed Lee worked behind his long right jab and navigated around the ring to comfortably take the first three rounds. As the fight progressed a determined Horta pressed forward and the fight became more competitive with both fighters trading punches.
The Irishman inactive since his last fight in November 2013, a second round KO win was glad to get much needed rounds under his belt to shake off some ring rust against a durable and game opponent. The judges at ringside scored the contest 77-76, 77-76 and 76-76 in favour of Lee.
Lee commented after the fight ‘ My opponent tonight gave me a competitive fight, it was great to be action again and get the rounds in, I needed that. I will now move on with plans for my next fight.’
Going forward Lee aims to stay busy and ring sharp with a fight pencilled in for Cardiff, Wales on a Matchroom Boxing card on May 17 on the undercard to Lee Selby v Romulo Koasicha and a possible spot on the undercard of Sergio Martinez v Miguel Cotto on June 7 in New York.