I got there before he did—Andy Lee
In a night when a gifted boxer by the name of Mauricio Herrera was appallingly robbed in plain sight for the second time this year, and when some strange scoring resulted in a draw between Argentinian Diego Chavez and Timothy Bradley, “Irish” Andy Lee brought his own judges to the fight and took it out of the hands of the consistently awful Las Vegas Judges.
Repeating his dramatic come-from-behind stoppage of John Jackson (18-0), Lee used his signature malefic right cross to stun two-time World amateur champion Matt Korobov (24-0 coming in) and then was on him like something from the Discovery Channel, launching almost 20 unanswered punches before referee Kenny Bayless put a halt to the shocking and sudden ambush.. Andy, who should change his moniker to “Sudden Lightening,” thus becomes the new WBO World middleweight champion as he won his sixth outing in a row. Said Korobov, “I’ve never been hurt before…I was stunned and I could not continue.
The Adam Booth-trained middleweight (now 34-2) also becomes Ireland’s 21st World champion and joins talented Carl Frampton as a reigning champion of the World.
The refreshingly honest and affable Andy, who is now mandated to defend against Billy Joe Saunders, said he wants to make a defense in Ireland and paid homage to current trainer Adam Booth and gave a heart-felt thanks to his late mentor and trainer Emanuel Steward, and dedicated this title victory to the entire Steward family.