Issue | Opinion | Premium | Dec 03 2019

Andy Lee recalls life-changing world title win and tips former foe Matt Korobov to defeat Chris Eubank Jnr

Guest columnist and former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee recalls the performance of his career, and analyses Matt Korobov vs. Chris Eubank Jnr
Matt Korobov vs Andy Lee  |  Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

FIVE years ago, I was losing a world middleweight title fight against Matt Korobov in Las Vegas but thankfully managed to turn around both the fight and my life with one punch.

I think about the fight often. I think about how it changed my life, how I was losing and how, with one punch and a barrage of punches after it, everything changed for me. I knew in the moment this was it. I knew I had to keep punching until the referee stopped the fight.

It was almost like it was destined to be following the tough years; the losses to Brian Vera and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr and the loss of Emanuel Steward. Around that time, I relocated to London to train with Adam Booth and had to dig into my savings and spend whatever money I had just to live. I had to buy the cheaper groceries. I had to get a runaround car rather than a flashy one. I sacrificed.

 

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