**Editor's note: Quillin overweight on the scales, and so no title on the line**
ANDY LEE faces former WBO World Middleweight champion Peter Quillin tonight on BoxNation.
Read some interesting facts about the Irish hero.
1. Lee's strong Irish brogue disguises the fact that he was born at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and passed the first 14 years of his life living in Bow, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. His family is from travelling stock and he is a distant relative of Tyson Fury. Their grandmothers were sisters.
Andy's older brothers Tommy and Mendy ('Ned') were both national junior champions and, at the age of eight, Andy trailed them to the heralded Repton nursery in Bethnal Green.
He began to compete at the age of 11 and, despite conceding to be 'short and fat', he proved a natural, winning English schoolboy titles in 1998 and 1999.
2. In 1999, the Lee family returned to the Emerald Isle, settling in Castleconnell, six miles from Limerick.
Andy joined the local St Francis boxing club and evolved into one of Ireland's most decorated amateurs. In 2002 he bagged a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Cuba.
Representing Ireland at the 2003 World Seniors in Bangkok, he squared off to current WBA counterpart Gennady Golovkin, losing on points.
At the 2004 European Seniors in Pula, Croatia, he captured a bronze medal, beating future IBF king Darren Barker en route. That success secured qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he was Ireland's sole boxing representative.
After scalping future interim light-middle champ Alfredo Angulo of Mexico, he was thwarted on a 'count back' by future WBO interim boss Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of Cameroon at the last 16 stage.
3. Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward had taken a keen interest in Lee since the Irish starlet bettered feted US rep Jesus Gonzalez at the 2002 World Juniors. Andy lived rent free in Steward's Michigan home from 2005.
Prior to even turning pro, Steward decided to test Lee's mettle by tossing him into a spar with future IBF Light-Middle champion Cornelius Bundrage, then 18-0.
The Irishman lent boots from Ronald Hearns (son of Tommy) and, with the 'Hitman' working his corner, "doggone whooped K9's ass", according to Steward.
Thereafter, Lee served his apprenticeship at Detroit's Kronk Gym; sparring world class operators such as Wlad Klitschko, Jermain Taylor, Kermit Cintron and Johnathan Banks.
Steward, who trained Lee until passing away in October 2012, once stated, "I've never had a fighter I've rated higher. Andy could be the biggest draw in boxing history."
4. Since November 2012, five months after being stopped in seven by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his first world title tilt, Lee has been schooled by Adam Booth in Coulsdon and Monaco, France.
Despite nominal prior experience of working with tall southpaws; 'The Dark Lord', who mentored David Haye to world cruiser and heavyweight titles, has kept Lee unbeaten in six fights and steered him to the world title.
Lee credits Booth with making him "a more 3D fighter; better conditioned and better under pressure close-up."
5. Away from the ring, Andy is married to Maud. He is a devout Catholic who attends Mass every Sunday.
Prior to turning pro, he worked as a landscape gardener, tree surgeon and tarmaccer, manual tasks which he credits for developing his strength.
He is a Manchester United fan who also likes to sing and play guitar, classic rock being his preferred genre. He lists his all-time favourite fighters as Roy Jones Jr and Sugar Ray Robinson.