Patience the key for Lee

A confident Andy Lee insisted yesterday he will be patient during tonight’s return to the ring in New York against Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham.

The Limerick middleweight weighed in at 161 lbs, 1lb lighter than his opponent, ahead of the 10-round bout at BB King Blues Club in Midtown Manhattan.

The Irish Examiner columnist was only added to Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing card last week but Lee insisted the late change of plan didn’t deter him.

“I was due to fight on May 18 and then it got switched to here which suits me even better,” Lee said prior to the weigh-in at the New York State Athletic Commission in Lower Manhattan yesterday.

“Last week we went to Denmark and I sparred with Patrick Nielsen who is a Danish southpaw (like Cunningham) so that was ideal. I’m in good shape. I’m looking forward to getting back in there. I have a good team with me. They’ve done a good job. It’s all about crossing the finish line now.”

Lee admitted last week it has been difficult to adjust to his new circumstances away from his former base at the late Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym in Detroit.

“Even a couple of weeks ago, I was frustrated with myself and where I was. Then I happened upon some old training footage on my laptop from last year. I can see a big improvement in myself. I can only appreciate it when I look back. That was good.”

Although he went to one of his opponent’s fights in Detroit, Lee never personally knew the shorter Cunningham who is 28-4 with 11 knockouts compared to the Irishman’s 29-2 (20 KOs).

“He’s a cagey southpaw and he’s experienced. He knows his way around the ring. He’s a clever fighter. I just need to be careful with him in the first couple of rounds and see where the fight goes from there.”

Lee is also relishing the intimate venue which will host tonight’s card. “The crowd is almost in the ring with you. It’s intense. I have a good few mates in town to watch. It’ll be good. I should beat this guy. It’ll set up a good summer for me.”

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