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Andy Lee added to Haye-Fury undercard

Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
August 9, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Middleweight contender Andy Lee has been added to the undercard of the heavyweight fight between former titleholder David Haye and Tyson Fury on Sept. 28 in Manchester.

Lee, who has only lost twice in his 32 contests will face Domenico Spada of Italy, Lou DiBella, Lee's promoter, told ESPN.com.

"I'm looking forward to being back on a big stage," Lee said. "I've taken my time, retooled myself, and now I've come full circle. I am looking forward to putting on a good performance and reminding people what I can do."

In June 2012, Lee, a 29-year-old southpaw and 2004 Irish Olympian, got a shot at then-middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and was stopped in the seventh round at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

A few months later, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, Lee's longtime trainer and close friend, died. After some time off, Lee, who had lived with Steward in Detroit for several years, returned to Ireland and began training with Adam Booth, who also trains Haye.

Lee has fought twice since the loss to Chavez, scoring a 10-round decision win against Anthony Fitzgerald in February and drilling Darryl Cunningham in the first round in May, but those fights were not on cards the magnitude of Haye-Fury.

Lee will face Spada (37-4, 19 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout. Spada, 32, is riding a five-fight winning streak since dropping a unanimous decision to Darren Barker for the vacant European middleweight title in April 2011. Spada also has twice lost decisions to Sebastian Zbik in fights for an interim middleweight title.

The winner of Lee-Spada could eventually face Mexico's Marco Antonio Rubio, who also lost a world title fight to Chavez, for a vacant interim 160-pound belt.

Dan Rafael has been ESPN.com boxing writer since 2005. This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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