Limerick middleweight Andy Lee will be looking to impress on Saturday night as he takes on Poland’s Daniel Urbanski at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
Lee prepared for the fight with some top-class sparring against world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and will fight on the undercard of the Ukrainian’s world title bout with Britain’s Dereck Chisora.
Kronk Gym fighter Lee is looking forward to Saturday’s fight and is clearly very confident of adding another victory to his already impressive professional record.
Lee said: ‘My preparation has gone well for the fight. I’m looking forward to lacing up my gloves and taking care of business. Sparring and training with Wladimir really equips me and sharpens my focus for the fight.’
Lee, currently ranked fourth in Europe by the EBU and eighth in the world by the WBA, has fought four times already this year and has stretched his record to 24 wins and one loss with 18 wins coming by way of knock-out.
Emanuel Steward, Lee’s manager and trainer said: ‘I believe Andy is not just the best Irish middleweight in the world today, but also the most talented contender emerging and moving up the world rankings.
‘The middleweight division is wide open at this time and Andy is in pole position to capitalize on this situation in 2011. I believe Andy Lee will be fighting for a world title next year.’
26-year old Urbanski from Szczecin is a tough, experienced and durable opponent and is currently on a winning strike having won his last seven bouts.
The Pole will be looking to derail Lee’s ambitions to box for a European or World title in 2011.
Lee has an arsenal of punches to take his Polish opponent out early and his lethal body punch has recently been used with devastating results. Urbanski could be victim number 25 for the Irishman.