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Jul

26

Mike Lee wins in return to UIC Pavilion

After four years, 11 fights and a few grueling stints in physical therapy, Mike Lee made a triumphant return to the UIC Pavilion. Lee (13-0, 7 KO) defeated Paul Gonsalves (7-4, 3 KO) by majority decision in the opening contest of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, marking the Wheaton native’s first bout in Chicago since launching his professional career at the Pavilion in May 2010. Lee, a Benet and Notre Dame […]

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Jul

18

Mike Lee resumes climb up boxing ladder

In boxing, Mike Lee has gone the distance as a curiosity. He was an American white guy in a sport in which that species is endangered to the brink of extinction. He was a comfortably raised, suburban college kid — an honors grad from Notre Dame, no less — in a sport in which a hardscrabble, up-from-nothing upbringing is a virtual requirement. He was a white guy whose rugged good […]

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Apr

22

What is Mike Lee fighting For?

There’s room to dream in Texas, where the horizon feels like it is limited just by the power of your own eyes and even skyscrapers are placed far enough apart so that each seems to be a city unto itself. Beneath the broad expanse of the state’s night sky, where stars dot the black canopy like keyholes, a 25-year-old boxer sees himself as a champion. His gloved fists have finally […]

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