Limerick middleweight Andy Lee claims he will beat Craig McEwan on 12 March when the pair meet on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez v Serhiy Dzinziruk fight at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
The Kronk Gym southpaw had originally been scheduled to do battle with fellow Irishman, John Duddy, but following Derry Destroyer Duddy’s shock retirement announcement last week, the unbeaten McEwan stepped in to fill the void.
McEwan, from Edinburgh, boasts a professional record of 19 wins from 19 bouts (10 KOs) while Lee has been beaten just once in 25 fights (18 Kos).
The Scot had a distinguished amateur career contesting in 376 amateur bouts and winning a host of international competitions including a bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
McEwan, 28, a tall southpaw is presently ranked 12th by the WBO.
Lee said: ‘This is a very important fight for me and something I will be totally focussed for.
‘I know Craig’s style quite well, a tall technical boxer with a snappy right jab. He is someone with a good work rate in the ring in and he is an effective switch hitter.
‘I beat him as an amateur in 2005 and I am determined to beat him again as a pro on March 12.’
‘I am prepared for a tough night of boxing. I will be training and sparring at the Miguel Cotto training camp. It is the perfect environment to get ready for the fight.’
Lee’s coach, Emanuel Steward, firmly believes his fighter has the tools to beat McEwan.
He said: ‘Andy is a strong fighter and carries a powerful punch in either hand; he is an intelligent boxer who can read a fight and can adapt his style with ease during a fight.
‘He has plenty of heart and can dig deep in the trenches to win a fight. Andy will take care of business.’
Lee is on a nine-fight winning streak and victory should move him closer to a world title challenge.