Andy Lee at 33 years of age has decided to hang up the gloves after a stellar professional career that saw him reached the top and become middleweight champion of the world.
A standout amateur, Lee made the transition to the pro ranks well and shared the ring with the likes of Chavez Jr, Billy Joe Saunders and Peter ‘Kid Chcoloate’ Quillin during his tenure as a professional fighter.
Here is some of the early reaction so far from around the boxing world so far:
— Tom Craze (@TomCraze) February 20, 2018
Sad to see a true gentleman in life @AndyLeeBoxing leave the game but he went out on his terms & nobody here will forget that Korobov fight.Enjoy retirement you Irish Legend
— Mark McFarlane (@MarkMcFarlane29) February 20, 2018
Andy Lee announces his retirement from boxing. Enjoy your retirement champ. Irish boxing legend. pic.twitter.com/J7k3fVxW9R
— Cian (@__CR97) February 20, 2018
Best of luck in retirement it was an honour to have shared the ting with you @AndyLeeBoxing
— Anthony Fitzgerald (@pride_of_dublin) February 20, 2018
— MANASSA™ (@Manassa_Mauler) February 20, 2018
Sad to see @AndyLeeBoxing retire. My favourite ever Irish boxer, class inside & outside the ring.
— Yessen Didi (@TheDarkPrinceDB) February 20, 2018
You are a class act
— Brian Byrne (@brianbyrne62) February 20, 2018
The bold Andy Lee has retired ?
— Aaron (@AaronDoran13) February 20, 2018
Congratulations @AndyLeeBoxing on your retirement from the ring. Thanks for the good memories Andy and the nail biting fights. Enjoy what ever route you now choose and I’m sure you’ll be a great success.
— Fergus Donegan (@FergusDonegan) February 20, 2018
@offtheball Bitterly disappointed to hear that @AndyLeeBoxing has announced his retirement. A class act as a boxer and a truly great person.
I’ll always remember his kind words to me and other young boxers whenever we used to meet him at tournaments.
— Mick McCarthy’s First Touch (@WoolbertoSilva) February 20, 2018
— John Keogh (@johnnybkeogh) February 20, 2018
— Ashley Unsworth (@AshUnsworth89) February 20, 2018