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Lee might be the next big thing in boxing

Andy Lee knew if he wanted to make the most of his boxing talent, it would be best to leave Limerick, Ireland, and fine-tune his trade with Emanuel Steward in Detroit. Since leaving his home country, the young man hasn't looked back.

Originally Published: January 31, 2008
By Brian Doogan | Special to ESPN.com

Emanuel Steward, the old patriarch of Detroit's Kronk Gym, has never feared the ridicule of the mob.

When it was fashionable to disparage Lennox Lewis as just another overhyped heavyweight, the latest example of Britain's big men not quite measuring up, Steward declared that Lewis might have been the most blessed heavyweight in history aside from Muhammad Ali.

He has been proved right more often than wrong, and he always has trusted his instincts. So when he compared Andy Lee, ...

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