Devaun Lee: Queens Foundation, Queens Nation

By Xavier Porter –

September 24, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Resorts World Casino, Queens, NY) – “I will never stop grinding.” – Devaun Lee

photo courtesy of Kevin Santamaria

photo courtesy of Kevin Santamaria

Once again, boxing in New York City is at an all-time rise, with exciting matches showcasing the best of the best in boxing. As championship fights take place at Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, up and coming fighters are making their mark at these venues as well at local venues throughout the city. Devaun Lee, the New York State Middleweight Champion, is one of these fighters who is not only a crowd-pleasing fighter, but a fighter who works hard and brings his best each time he enters the squared circle.

Fresh off a sensational performance on 9/9/17 where he scored fourth round TKO stoppage against a tough veteran fighter (Giovanni Lorenzo – 37-8, 28 KOs), Lee shared his thoughts on the stoppage as well as his plans of making a mark in the New York City boxing community.

“I’m from Queens,” Lee said, “This is my hometown.”

“I appreciate where I’m from. I will never stop grinding. I love working hard. I haven’t fought here (Resorts World Casino) in quite some time. It felt great fighting in front of the people that support me.”

“My opponent was a veteran and when I left my house I knew that this would be his last fight. That was the only thing on my mind. He thought that he was going to come inside the ring and beat me with just his physical presence. As I was landing my punches, I was talking to him, checking his temperature.”

“I saw that he was fatigued after the second or third round. I run every day. I focus on conditioning. The key is put your miles in. I knew that he wasn’t prepared to last the full fight. I saw the swelling on his eye and I took advantage of my opportunity, and by doing so, I scored a great win.”

photo courtesy of William Thomas Photography

photo courtesy of William Thomas Photography

At thirty years of age, Lee (9-2-1, 4 KOs) is a young veteran, who remains humble and fully understands the direction of where he wants to career. And that’s all the way to the top.

“I am a young veteran and I continue to learn from the best. I have sparred with Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs, former WBA Middleweight Champion); Curtis Stevens (29-6, 21 KOs, former NABF Middleweight Champion); David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs, former IBF Middleweight Champion); Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs, former WBC Cruiserweight Champion); and Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KOs, Middleweight Title Contender).”

“I come from the bottom. This is where a fighter grinds and makes his mark in this sport. This is where I need to be and learn as much as I can. I needed to make a statement. There are a lot of fighters out here making statements and I need to make one for myself. I feel like the people in the boxing community and the fans don’t know about me yet and I’m cool with that.”

“I’m still learning and enjoying the process. I am a fighter that doesn’t know it all. I enjoy being taught every part of boxing. I’m analyzing and learning from every fighter around me. That means I learn from all fighters from within and around my division. It doesn’t matter to me who wins or loses, I am a student of boxing.”

While speaking with Lee, he shared his is readiness to get back inside the ring as quickly as possible. Lee also shared his thoughts on who he’d like to face next, as well as making the Resorts World Casino his home for his fights.

Being signed with Real Deal Boxing and Sports Entertainment and being from Queens, I want to fight again before the year is out. I want to make the Resorts World Casino my home. This is where I’m from. I’m from South Jamaica, Queens. I was born in Jamaica Hospital. I want to be that fighter from my borough, from my city. I plan to carry it all the way and that’s what I’m going to do. Who else do we have to represent the borough of Queens in boxing except me.”

I would love to fight Shane Mosely, Jr. (10-2, 7 KOs). I want that name on my resume. I want any and every piece of history I can get. If he doesn’t want to fight now then it wouldn’t make sense for us to fight later.”

I’d also like to fight Kemahl Russell (12-1, 1, 10 KOs, NABF Junior Middleweight Champion). All due respect to Russell, but I would love to fight him. We both fought on the same night and he won his belt. We talked before our fights and we talked about fighting each other in the future.”

photo courtesy of William Thomas Photography

Kemahl Russell (12-1, 1, 10 KOs, NABF Junior Middleweight Champion) – photo courtesy of William Thomas Photography

“My daughter told me she wants more belts so that’s what I need to do. I’ve fought twice this year and each fight I didn’t win a belt. I’m on a collection spree and I need a belt. When my time comes, I am going to put everything that I have learned and trained for, in my fight. Whoever is put in front of me, whatever belt they have, I’m taking it.”

Humble, hard-working, and with the passion to learn, Lee is on well his way to fighting for a world championship.

I want to thank my coach Moises Roman and my entire team at Universal Boxing Gym. I want to thank my manager Felipe Gomez and Real Deal Boxing.”

Lee, with his coach Moises Roman (Universal Boxing) and manager Felipe Gomez

Lee, after his win with his coach Moises Roman (Universal Boxing) and manager Felipe Gomez

“I want to thank my family, friends, and fans. I’m a big fan of my fans because they pay to see me fight. My fans mean the world to me. Having fans is the biggest inspiration that a fighter can have. I love and appreciate them all.”

For continued support, you can follow Lee on:


Y.A.S. stands for Young All Stars. It’s a representation of my brother and my friends. We all have talent. He raps and I box. It’s something that represents us and wherever I’m at I say it to let others know that we’re here.” – Devaun Lee (New York Middleweight Champion)

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