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Craig McEwan Steps in to replace the retiring John Duddy

Andy Lee Craig McEwan John DuddyBy Daniel Ciminera: Andy Lee was left high and dry without an opponent with John Duddy taking the decision to retire ahead of their scheduled 12th March clash, citing a lack of desire to make the sort of sacrifices required to be the fighter he needs to be as the reason for his retirement. Which as an aside, is quite a refreshing thing to hear in boxing, it would be nice to hear more guys admit this way sooner rather than fight on and do themselves harm.

Scottish southpaw, Craig McEwan (19/0 – 10ko) had been touted as a potential replacement for Duddy along with fan favourite, Peter Manfredo Jr. when Lee told press he was keen to go ahead and fight on the 12th March. But tonight, I am told that McEwan and Lee have agreed terms and signed their contracts for the 12th.

Some say Lee should be fighting Bryan Vera who dealt him his only career defeat back in 2008, but For me, McEwan, who decisioned Vera in 2009, is a stronger opponent and he must be given credit for not taking a softer touch, rather than criticized for not fighting Vera. Which lets face it, at the moment is applying Khan/Prescott to other fights for the sake of it! Vera is even more out of the picture than Prescott having only won 3 of his last 8 contests and is ranked at 34.

If Lee can get past his undefeated challenger in what promises to be an action-packed encounter, there are 20 or so credible guys out there including aforementioned Manfredo Jr, and the ever controversial Chavez Jr. in the ever talented middleweight division.

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