FOR MANNY: Andy Lee Wins WBO 160 Crown Over Matt Korobov, TKO6

Andy Lee took on Matt Korobov in the second TV fight on HBO, on Saturday night, from the Cosmo in Las Vegas, and changed the game in the sixth, with a right hook. He flurried, like a orphan dog coming across a steak in the street, and forced the ref to pull the plug on a man who wasn’t defending himself.

The end came at 1;10 of the sixth, via TKO, the man who said he’d do it for ex trainer Manny Steward. He didn’t lie, did he? Lee, who tanked Manny, and trainers Sugar Hill and Joey Gamache after, landed 48 to 55 for the loser.

The vacant WBO crown was up for grabs. Manny told Lee he’d win a world crown, and he didn’t fib.

Lee, at 159 3/4, was 33-2 entering, with 23 Kos, hailed from Limerick, Ireland. Koro was 159 1/2 pounds, entered at 24-0 with 13 Kos, and came from Russia.

In the first, we heard Roy Jones say that Lee would be in a for a tough night. It was a slow round, as both landed fewer than ten blows.

In the second, in the battle of lefties, Koro snapped a jab, while Lee looked to land a sneaky hard counter. In the third, Lee rocked Koro. A right hook did the damage. Lee landed 9 to five for the Russian-born hitter. Lee didn’t exactly jump on the unbeaten but less experienced man, though.

In the fourth, Koro won the round, being busier, while Lee wanted to land a game-changer launch.

In the fifth, Lee landed some jabs. So did Koro, who we heard had 300 plus amateur wins. Lee landed just 8 to 17 for Koro. In the sixth, a right hook hurt Koro. Lee, hungry, angry, flurried and achieved a stoppage.

Lee was down on all three cards…

After, I spoke to promoter DiBella. “What a punch,” said Combustible Lou, who was Grinning Lou, as I could hear his smile through the phone. “Andy is so exciting, so promotable, one of the most exciting fighters in the game, such a good guy, I’m so happy for him.”

DiBella gave credit to Booth, for gameplanning and said he is pretty sure Steward is in a happy place. “That was a right hook from heaven!” he said, in closing.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Way to go, Andy! The late, great GBG Manny S told you the whole truth. And you believed and achieved. Holla!


-stormcentre :

What is going on with Matvey Korobov? All due respect to Lee, but this fight, even aside from his better overall fundamentals, was there for Matty !!!. Dejavu (Gamboa V Crawford) for me. This (Andy) was obviously too much of a step up for Matvey.


-The Commish :

Way to Andy! The late, great GBG Manny S told you the whole truth. And you believed and achieved. Holla!
Absolutely! During the fight, I kept thinking of Emanuel Steward telling me over the years about who to watch for as future champions, long before their greatness was established. Thomas Hearns was one of them. Wladimir Klitschko was another one. A few years prior to his passing, he also told me to watch for Andy Lee. Well, the road has had a few bumps, but Andy Lee had his Hall-of-Fame trainer looking in on him as he stopped Matt Korobov with a right hook which beat Korobov's own hook to the target. What followed was a volley of around 20 unanswered punches which prompted referee Kenny Bayliss to stop the fight at 1:10 of round six and make Lee the champion that Steward had told us he would become. Although Lee had been losing the fight (I had given Korobov the previous five rounds), Lee was patient and waited for his opening. With his corner imploring after the fifth round him to get busy and to step up the pace, he listened to them and came out firing in the sixth. Game. Set. Match. Over. The loss was Korobov's first and dropped him to 24-1. For Lee, the title victory upped his record to 34-2 and was his 24th knockout. Lee is only going to become a better fighter from what he did in Las Vegas on Saturday night. -Randy G.


-deepwater2 :

Good for the Irishman . What venue in Ireland can accommodate Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders? What a fight that will be.


-Skibbz :

Just watched the fight, it becomes clear that a great amateur career doesn't mean you'll have a great professional career, two very different sports. It doesn't matter how many rounds you cede to your opponent so long as you know what you're waiting for, I think andy was waiting for the moment and as soon as it came he closed the show. Great job.


-Skibbz :

Also didn't Al Haymon get P Quillin to drop his belt and something like $1.5m to duck Korobov?


-The Commish :

Also didn't Al Haymon get P Quillin to drop his belt and something like $1.5m to duck Korobov?
Certainly not one of boxing's more brilliant moves! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Good for the Irishman . What venue in Ireland can accommodate Andy Lee vs Billy Joe Saunders? What a fight that will be.
Yes, you're right it would be a huge fight. Korobov was a little unlucky to get caught like that - just as he loaded up - but hey that's boxing.


-the Roast :

Am I the only person that thinks the fight was stopped a wee bit too soon? Let Korobov hit the deck, give him his eight count and see how he looks. It is a championship fight after all, even if it was just the WBO.


-stormcentre :

Am I the only person that thinks the fight was stopped a wee bit too soon? Let Korobov hit the deck, give him his eight count and see how he looks. It is a championship fight after all, even if it was just the WBO.
Yes I initially did too. But then Matvey is not the kind of guy that doesn't answer a few serious punches, and I guess the judge has to make a judgment call. It could have gone on though, to a (perhaps) more conclusive end . . after all - as you say - it was for the WBO title. I forget now how close the end of the round was, as that may have also saved Matty. Anyway, speculation aside; in this case there were more than 10 unanswered punches thrown with real intent by Lee, and I think Matty was still mostly unrecovered from that initial Andy Lee right hook, that was thrown (hurled) just as Korobov got ready for his. It's a shame (for Matt) how it all ended, but I guess at the end of the day (whether it was conscious or instinctive)Lee was still mindful enough about the situation to get his hook off earlier. As it was, when it landed, all Mattvey was preparing for and thinking of, was initiating his own right hook and capitalizing on the situation Lee was in. That's the 2nd time in a row (as he did a similar thing with Jackson in his last fight) Lee has turned the tables on his opponent whilst appearing to be well/truly behind, only to revive the situation and knock someone out and/or win the fight. The boy is dangerous right up until the end, and that's something I hadn't really/meaningfully considered.