“Irish” Andy Lee was born in London, England on June 11th, in 1984. His parents are of Irish descent and returned to Ireland in 1998. Lee had a highly decorated amateur career winning a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 2002, losing in the 2003 World Amateur Championships to Gennady Golovkin, and in 2004 he won a silver medal at the European Union Amateur Championships, a bronze medal at the European Amateur Championships, and represented Ireland as a middleweight in the Olympics.
In 2006 Lee made his professional boxing debut in the United States winning a 6 round fight by unanimous decision. Lee would go 15-0 before being stopped in the 7th round by Brian Vera in 2008. Lee won his next 13 fights to earn the right to face WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for his title. Lee was again stopped in the 7th round to drop his record to 28-2.
Like he did after the first loss of his career, Lee regrouped and won his next 5 fights to earn his second world title shot. This time he was facing Matt Korobov for the WBO middleweight world title. Lee made good on his second chance and stopped Korobov in the 6th round to win his first world championship. In December of 2015 Lee will defend his WBO title against Billy Joe Saunders in Manchester, England.