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(Teddy Blackburn)

Irishman Andy Lee bounced back from some flat early rounds, and finished off a drained Craig McEwan in round ten. A power left crushed McEwan, as ref Steve Smoger stepped in, at 56 seconds of the final round.

Lee, now 25-1, had the Scotsman McEwan (19-1)  down in round nine, and smelling blood, looked to close the show in the tenth. Jim Lampley called the win “career rescuing.” Lee had been getting pasted midway, and this qualifies as a stunning turnaround.

Lee spoke to Max Kellerman after. He said he was disappointed that he tried to load up too much and wasn’t happy overall with his showing. “If he’s going to beat me, he’s going to have to kill me,” he said he thought to himself. The boxer said he knew that his career hung in the balance in the middle rounds.

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