Andy Lee earned a dramatic 10th and final round knockout win against Scotland’s Craig McEwan in their much looked forward to bout at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut this morning.
For Lee it was a first fight since his proposed though oft postponed match against Derry’s John Duddy fell through when the Derry man announced his retirement from the ring. Though he got off to a fine start in round one today Lee struggled between rounds two and five and was well behind at that stage.
Fair dues to the Castleconnell fighter – he never gave up and slowly but surely got back into the fight. His fortune changed from the sixth round onwards. He may not have won that sixth but his improvement continued in rounds seven and eight when cuts developed over McEwan’s right eye. Rounds seven and eight belonged to Lee but one still felt Lee needed to stop his opponent to be sure of the win. He landed a fine trademark left midway through the ninth though the Scot somehow managed to survive to the bell.
A final flurry from the Munster man saw him land a vicious left on McEwan in the 10th and final round and that was the end of McEwan .Referee Steve Smoger counted him some 56 seconds of that round.
Lee, now 25-1 (KO 19), hopes to land an Autumn world title fight against Champion Sergio Martinez, probably in the United States ,though to be honest on the basis of this fight he would not stand a chance against the impressive Martinez who seriously impressed when demolishing Sergiy Dzinziruk – TKO 8 – having had his opponent down on 5 earlier occasions.
A more suitable next fight for Lee would be against the winner of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sebastian Zbik or a rematch with Bryan Vera, the only guy to have beaten Lee.
In an after fight interview Lee admitted that “I was down, I was getting outboxed, I needed a knockout, or at least a knockdown in the 10th round
“He was throwing a lot of punches. He caught me relaxing and he stunned me. I’m not that happy. I don’t feel too good. I like to dominate. I had to dig deep. I didn’t have my legs. I went back to the street. That’s how we fight at Kronk,” admitted the honest Lee.
Scorecards at the time of the stoppage were : 85-85 85-85 and 86-84 (in favour of McEwan)