WBC #2, WBO #2, and WBC #6 rated middleweight Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) spoke Wednesday about his much anticipated rematch against Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs), the only man to defeat him as a professional, on October 1st at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. “I didn’t need the rematch to further my career, but it’s something I’ve wanted,” said Lee. “From the moment I lost to Vera, I’ve wanted to avenge it. It has taken three and a half years to get to this point, but now we are finally almost here.
“The fight makes sense, he is on a winning streak coming off his best win against Sergio Mora, and I’m on a streak now as well, so it makes sense not only as a personal matter but as a boxing matter also. The winner of this fight is a legitimate contender for the middleweight title so this is a very big and important fight for us, and for boxing. Vera’s a tough man, he comes to the ring to fight, and he’s heavy handed. But I’m ready, I feel great. I know it’s an old cliché that everyone says they have had the best training camp, but I really have. I’m in good form, and my work in the gym during this camp has exceeded all of my previous training camps. Everything is all set for me to have a good performance.”
“I’m not going to jinx myself by making any predictions. I’m going to go in there and box and if there is a chance for a knockout then I’m going to take it, but if I win a 10-round decision that will be just as sweet. There is a good buzz going around New York and throughout the different Irish communities here about the fight and I expect a good crowd, and it will give me an extra incentive to put on a good performance.”