Newly crowned WBO champion, Andy Lee was given a hero’s welcome when he flew into Shannon Airport this afternoon (Wednesday) for the beginning of a very special homecoming, following his title win in Las Vegas.
Andy beat the previously undefeated Russian Matt Korobov in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Following his media interviews and photocalls, Andy had time out with family and close friends before bracing himself for a massive reception in Limerick tonight.
Minister for Sport, Michael Ring wished Andy Lee well on winning the WBO middleweight title.
“It is brilliant for Andy and his family, and I am delighted that Limerick County Council have arranged this reception. For a world champion to be greeted by his home town in such a way can only inspire more people to get involved. Andy has worked unbelievably hard to get to this point of his career and I am sure he will enjoy sharing the celebrations with the people of Limerick, who have followed him all the way,” he said.
Minister Ring added, “Now we have another Irish world champion, it would be great if he could defend his title on Irish soil, whether that be Limerick or beyond, it would be great to see it happen here.”