Limerick’s Andy Lee had the opportunity at last to seek revenge against Brian Vera only fighter who has beaten him since turning professional and he made no mistakes this time round with a very convincing , unanimous ‘ points win over 10 rounds in Atlantic City. .
The scorecard tells its own story with all three judges having Lee well on top (99-90), 99-90, 98-91). Lee had Vera on the canvas as early as the second round, having caught him with a ferocious right-left combination. Vera was never in this fight with a chance thereafter (hard though he fought) and the Lee
camp, headed by Detroit based trainer, Emmanuel Steward will be well pleased with the outcome.
This win was the 12th in a row for the Castleconnell man whose record is now 27 wins and that one loss against Vera, 19 of the wins being thanks to a K/O.
As he told ESPN later: “The importance of this win was immeasurable. It had been years coming. If not for tonight, I would’ve been haunted forever.”
“I was trying to knock him out, but it’s hard with him. With Brian Vera, offense is his defence. He’s not a counterpuncher, so I had to keep the pressure on.”
“I’ll fight anyone, but no middleweight wants to fight me.”
Lee was fighting on the undercard of Sergio Martinez’s title defence against Britain’s Darren Barker and hopes that the win will help him get closer to a fight against Martinez . The latter retained his title with an 11th-round KO of Barker who now seeks a shot at either Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.
So Lee is back on course. Who next? Matthew Macklin?