Ireland’s WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee laid off the Irish stout on Tuesday as the 30 year-old continued his preparations to face former title holder Peter Quillin.
The two collide on Aprill 11 in what looks a mouth-watering encounter on paper and Lee has put any St. Patrick’s Day knees up for yesterday on hold until after the fight.
“I love St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day for all Irish men and women to be proud and celebrate our history and culture. Unfortunately, for me this year there’ll be no Guinness as I’ll be in the gym, but I look forward to celebrating with all the Irish people after I win on April 11,” said Lee.
“Training is all going according to plan. My coach Adam Booth is putting me through my paces and we’re working hard together to ensure that I beat Quillin and retain my title. I’m feeling very strong and sharp. I’ve been sparring with three undefeated fighters, Miles Shinkwin, Rocky Fielding and Deion Jumah. I’m looking forward to coming to Brooklyn and defending my title in front of everyone in attendance and those watching on NBC.”
Promoter Lou Dibella added that Lee would save any celebrations of his Irish tradition until victory is secured against undefeated Quillin at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn next month.
“Andy Lee has always been the pride of Limerick. His success has made him one of Ireland’s great champions. The quality of person that he is makes him one of the most liked and respected athletes in boxing,” outlined DiBella.
“As he prepares to defend his title against Peter Quillin on April 11, he’s getting ready for the biggest fight of his career on the biggest stage possible as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at Barclays Center. As they train and prepare to travel to Brooklyn, New York, both Andy and trainer Adam Booth know how high the stakes are and will be ready for primetime. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone; on the day we’re all Irish. Andy plans on making it feel like St. Patrick’s Day again on April 11.”
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