# Andy Lee

Last year
# brothers with arms
Sonny Bill Williams and Andy Lee: An unlikely partnership of world champions
A move from rugby league to rugby union in 2008 sparked the New Zealand sporting legend’s interest in boxing – because he found himself a million dollars in debt.
All time
# real deal
Lee protégé Donovan passes career-toughest test with flying colours
The 21-year-old stylishly outpointed a worthy opponent in Wakefield.
# real deal
Vicious body shot gives unbeaten Paddy Donovan quick victory
Donovan dispatched Des Newton in just over 90 seconds at York Hall.
# Winning
Ireland's Jason Quigley prevails in California
The Donegal native secured a third-round stoppage victory over Mexico’s Fernando Marin.
# good night
Andy Lee's Top Rank prospect Paddy Donovan scores another knockout in Bolton
The 20-year-old is now 3-0(2KOs) as a professional and will make his US debut in New York in March.
# LA story
Impressive KO wins for Jason Quigley and Aaron McKenna in California
‘There’ll be a belt on the line in the next couple of fights for me,’ says Quigley.
# Coach's Corner
Andy Lee steps in to train Jason Quigley ahead of comeback fight
The former middleweight world champion is in Quigley’s corner as he bids to bounce back from a disappointing defeat.
# accolade
Books by Andy Lee and Richie Sadlier nominated for prestigious William Hill prize
‘In Sunshine or in Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles’ by Donald McRae also makes the cut.
# massive move
Limerick boxing sensation signs major deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank, and will have Andy Lee in his corner
Paddy Donovan, 20, will be trained and managed by the former middleweight world champion.
# dichotomy
'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.
# good reads
22 of our favourite sports books from 2018
Featuring Tiger Woods, Andy Lee, Seán Cavanagh and Cora Staunton among others.
# dichotomy
'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.
# Whittled down
Here are the three books shortlisted for the 2018 eir Sport Sports Book of the Year
After a GAA book winning every year, there’s none on the shortlist.
# Take a Bow
Cora Staunton autobiography named Irish Sports Book of the Year
It overcame stiff competition from Andy Lee’s ‘Fighter’ and Davy Fitzgerald’s ‘At All Costs’ among others.
# read the game
Here are the 23 contenders for the 2018 eir Sport Sports Book of the Year
The42 is represented twice on the longlist.
# Well read
Here are the 6 nominations for Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
You can vote for your favourite sports book of the year now.
# column
Does it matter if our favourite sports stars are considered 'nice' people?
The careers of Jamie Heaslip and Andy Lee were eulogised last week, writes Tommy Martin.
# It was some journey
Andy Lee: The nice guy who finished first
Limerick’s former WBO World middleweight champion will go down as an Irish boxing great, but he’s not going anywhere fast.
# one of the good guys
Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing
The 33-year-old Limerick man captured the WBO World middleweight title in 2014, and won 35 of his 39 pro bouts.
# Still hungry
'I'm still young enough to fight, I'm still fit enough and I still believe I'm good enough to win a world title'
Andy Lee still has a strong ambition to be a world champion once again.
# Statement of Intent
Heavy hitter: Andy Lee confirmed as new member of the Off The Ball team
The 33-year-old has been a long-time contributor.
# eir close calls
'Katie Taylor will win her world title in 6-8 rounds' - Andy Lee
The former WBO middleweight title holder joined us on Close Calls to discuss the bout.
# Last call
You'd be off the wall to miss last call for Carl Frampton, the world-beater from up the road
There were scoffs when Frampton was placed on Second Captains’ ‘Good Wall’ in 2015. He now belongs in the pantheon of Irish sporting greats.
# Box Office
'Andy Lee can't be killed!': For director Jay Bulger, CounterPunch saw a remarkable story come full circle
Director and Rolling Stone journalist Jay Bulger wants to create boxing’s own ‘Boyhood’ after the success of his recent Netflix documentary, which featured a cameo from Ireland’s Andy Lee.
# Lee For Las Vegas?
Examining which Irish boxers, if any, will appear on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard
The CEO of Mayweather Promotions wants another Irish fighter on the card, but who would make the most sense, and who’s available?
# Preview
The ‘new Carl Frampton’ ready to step up to world-championship level
“Throughout my amateur career, the higher the level I went to, the better I got,” says Ryan Burnett.
# Mark Your Card
'Worry about fighting after': No rush on Andy Lee's ring return or a home bout for Katie Taylor
Neither fighter will be on the 10 June card in Belfast.
# baby on the way
Father-to-be Lee taking break for the birth of first child after comeback victory
The Limerick middleweight says he hopes to fight again later this year, however.
# yurt
Andy Lee earns unanimous decision with workmanlike display on comeback in New York
The Limerick man got the job done at Madison Square Garden.
Jacobs misses weight check, unable to win IBF belt
Gennady Golovkin’s IBF middleweight belt remains on the line, but Daniel Jacobs will be ineligible to claim it.
# St Patrick's Weekend
Andy Lee seeking knockout on return to Madison Square Garden
Ireland’s former WBO middleweight champion is back in the ring for the first time in 15 months on Saturday night.
# A few more rounds
Andy Lee reveals he only wants to fight for another year
The Limerick fighter is on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s next bout on 18 March.
# Boxing
Paddy's weekend in New York just got bigger - Andy Lee added to Golovkin v Jacobs card
Former world champion to return on 18 March in Madison Square Garden.
# out of his box
'It's not top level, it's not up to scratch': Andy Lee on McGregor's boxing skills
The former WBO middleweight champion was speaking on Off The Ball yesterday.
# the next episode
Lee calls for a shot at Golovkin or Jacobs as he announces plans to return to the ring
“I want to test myself and fight and beat the best. That has been my motivation during my career.”
# the road back
Andy Lee looks set to return to the ring in New York this June
The former WBO middleweight champion is desperate to regain the belt he relinquished in December.
# take two
A dejected Andy Lee still keen on Saunders rematch after world title defeat
The Limerick man was knocked down twice on his way a majority points loss on Saturday night.
# essential reading
Why Chelsea players have a right to feel betrayed by Mourinho and all the week's best sportswriting
Also, the unlikely link between Andy Lee and Anton Chekhov.
# Heartbreak
Bitter disappointment for Andy Lee as he loses his world title to Billy Joe Saunders
The Englishman won on a majority decision.
Analysis: Lee should not rely on stoppage in style wars
Champion has the boxing ability to beat Saunders, but his knockout streak could lead to risky tactics.