WATCH: Andy Lee announces retirement on Off the Ball

Limerick’s Andy Lee has announced his retirement from boxing after a hugely successful career in both amateur and professional boxing.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball last evening the Castleconnell native called time on his 16 year career.

Lee was hoping to line up one last fight but cited the fact that fighters have to be hungry in the pro game and that he was happy to walk away from the game with his health and having been an olympian and a world champion.

“I know if I went back to the gym my mind-set would change. I was out for a year and I went back in 2017. Within the space of a week it was like I never left,” he said.

“I was training and that would probably be the case again (if he went back). I would fall back into the groove, but it’s a brutal sport, it’s a vicious sport.

“You have to be hungry, you have to want it. If I really wanted it I would be on the phone to Adam (Adam Booth coach) every day looking for fight.”

The St Francis boxer was Ireland’s only boxer in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and retires after 227 rounds of boxing and with 35 wins from  39 fights.

Watch the piece in full below from Newstalk in what was a really great piece of radio and indicates why Limerick and Ireland are rightly proud of Andy Lee.

Video credit Off The Ball.

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