Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Boxing: Lee gets 'Tin' end of the wedge as McKay hits out

Jason McKay kept up the mind games with Andy Lee and once more the Limerick man looked flustered.

At the final head to head before their clash for the Irish super-middleweight title tomorrow night, McKay described unbeaten Lee as " The Tin Man".

"He's all tin and no heart," quipped Banbridge man McKay, who has a solitary loss on his 19-fight record and that was a robbery.

McKay and coach John Breen believe they have got underneath the skin of Olympian Lee who was hailed this week as potentially " the greatest Irish fighter".

That is some accolade to live up to and Breen believes that Lee might just crack under the strain as McKay seeks to pull off a major shock.

Breen said: "There's no doubt that Lee and even his coach Manny Steward are rattled but we believe that Lee can be found out.

"Jason is the underdog and he has nothing to lose and that makes him dangerous and we are going to test the heart of Lee.

"He doesn't like being put under pressure and there's going to be a lot of pressure on him - from Jason and of course television because he is seen as the new golden boy.

"But we don't care about that, we're just focused on winning the belt.

"Lee's obviously been well protected and that's good management but now the cotton wool is off."

Breen is hoping to claim a double tonight in the National Stadium as Belfast man Colin Moffett meets Eugene Heagney for the Irish bantamweight title.

Breen said: "In their last fight I thought Colin won it even though it was very close but he lost by two points. He hurt Heagney a few times and I'm sure that he can do it again."

In a surprise move, Stephen Haughian returns to the ring just a week after his IBF inter-continental welterweight title defeat in the King's Hall.

Haughian steps in for John O'Donnell who pulled out yesterday and meets journeyman Artur Jashkul in a six rounder.

Meanwhile, Ricky Hatton has returned to Britain, claiming he wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

The Mancunian was beaten by the WBC welterweight champion in their showdown in Las Vegas last weekend.

Hatton said: "A rematch could be in the offing, and there are fights at light-welterweight.

"My best attribute is I am fearless. I think it was working, up to the six-round stage there was not much in it then I lost my way a bit. I lost my rag."

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