3 More Rounds

Lee stops Korobov to win first world title

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

The late, great Emanuel Sterward once boasted that Andy Lee would someday be a world champion, and despite Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) losing via stoppage to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012, he would go on a five-fight win streak to earn his way back to another title shot.

Now trained by Adam Booth, following Steward’s death, Andy Lee finally fulfilled his goal of winning a championship, when he shocked the previously unbeaten Matt Korobov (24-1, 13 KOs) in Las Vegas, on the undercard of Timothy Bradley’s welterweight clash against Diego Chaves.

Korobov, imposed his slower, more methodical style on Lee during the first four rounds.  He controlled the pace by landing his jab, staying in the pocket and connecting with right hands.  However, Lee kept looking for power shots and in the third round, he connected with a left that buzzed Korobov.

Though Korobov continued to be the more accurate fighter, Lee continued looking for opportunities to throw his right hook and in the sixth round, he landed a perfect shot that hurt Korobov badly. Althrough Korobov managed to stay on his feet, Lee began to tee off until moments later, the fight was waved off.

“When I thought about this moment, I had a speech in mind,” an almost teary-eyed Lee said after the win. “I would like to say thank you to my manager [Adam Booth] who has done so much for me over the last couple of years, but it’s also for the man who made me, Emanuel Steward.”

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