Lee, Thiam set for public workout

ANDY LEE will come face to face with Saturday night’s big fight opponent, Mamadou Thiam, for the first time today when they both workout at the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick (12 noon-2pm).

Jimmy Magee will be the master of ceremonies and a special ring will be erected for the event which will feature a selection of the under-card boxers including local favourite, Jamie Power, who will meet Mayo man, John Waldron, for the Irish light heavyweight title on the night.

In a second title fight, another Mayo man, Michael Sweeney, will be out to end Dubliner Ian Tims unbeaten record in a grudge match for the Irish cruiserweight title.

Two of the three Cork-based former Cuban and world junior champions, Mike Perez and Luis Garcia, will also be present in advance of their long-awaited ring return under their new manager, Patrick Thomas.

Mamadou Thiam, Lee’s opponent on Saturday, has a fearsome reputation as one of boxing’s biggest hitters with an incredible 43 of his 46 wins coming via KO and he has vowed to make Lee victim number 44.

Lee touched down in Shannon over the weekend having completed his training camp for the fight in Florida with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Peters is predicting an explosive night of boxing.

“Thiam is a very dangerous guy, he has that unique ability to end a fight in an instant because of his power so Andy will have to be at his best but I think that little bit of fear factor will bring out the best in him.”

Recently crowned Irish heavyweight champ, Coleman Barrett, will also be in action Mullingar’s Paddy McDonagh steps up in class to tackle former Irish champion and Andy Lee opponent, Ciaran Healy, in just his third pro fight.

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