Devaun Lee: Southside we outside


Devaun Lee: Southside we outside

By Xavier Porter,

April 1, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y.: “I’m a fighter; I’m from Queens; and I love what I do.” – Devaun Lee

Six months after receiving a draw in his last fight Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs), the New York State Middleweight Champion, finds himself on the outside looking in at what would’ve been a great opportunity to further his career and landing bigger fights.

What was thought to be an agreed fight with Eric Walker (15-0, 8 KOs), to be featured on the undercard of between former world champions Andre Berto vs Shawn Porter welterweight fight at the Barclays Center this April has since fell through.

Lee has not lost his fighting spirit, and in fact continues to work hard towards his next scheduled fight.

“For whatever reason the fight isn’t taking place anymore,” Lee said.

“I have never fought in the Barclays Center which is something that I was looking forward to do. Winning that fight would’ve leaded me to bigger fights.”

“I am always in condition and ready to fight. I train every day. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. If I’m offered another opponent to fight I still have time to prepare myself. I’m a fighter. I really enjoy fighting.”

Lee, growing up in South Jamaica, Queens, began boxing as a means to change his lifestyle. Once he started he has not looked back.

“I began boxing because I didn’t want to be a statistic. I put all the bad habits to the side and starting working out at the gym. Once I went into the gym I began fighting. Before I knew it I was fighting in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves.”

“I fought against a lot of good fighters during my amateur career. In my third amateur fight I fought Joe Smith Jr (23-1, 19 KOs/ WBC International light heavyweight champion). I beat Seanie Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs/WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion) in the Metros. I fought Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOS, WBC United States/USNBC Light Heavyweight champion) in the finals of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves. I also fought against Robert Brant (22-0, 15 KOs/WBA-NABA middleweight champion) in the Nationals.”

“I’ve been fighting professionally now for four years. Since winning the New York State Middleweight title no one has challenged me for it. If anyone wants to challenge me for my belt I’ll be ready to defend it.”

Lee, currently ranked at number thirty-nine in the United States for best middleweight, eagerly wants improve his standings in the rankings. He’s an exciting fighter and always brings action in all of his fights. He’s a crowd pleaser. Lee continues to learn on the job as well, having trained with two of the best middleweights in the world: former middleweight world champions The Miracle Man Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) and David Lemieux (37-3, 33 KOs).

Lee shared his experiences of how training with both world champions has made him become a better fighter.

“Jacobs has so many great skills. He can box, he can bang, he’s elusive, slick, fast, and he has power. He taught me how to be elusive and be sharp. His jab is phenomenal. The jab stands out because it’s the most important punch when you fight. I’ve learned some pointers from him on how to throw and land my jab better.

“I spent a month in training camp with Lemieux for his fight against Glen Tapia. Lemieux is powerful also. His power is nonstop. He can punch for rounds and rounds.”

“Training with Danny was much different than training with Lemieux. They are both skilled and their techniques are very different from one another. Things I learned from Danny I definitely took with me to Canada. I was blessed to sit and bang with them both. Both men contributed to me becoming a better fighter.”

Lee’s passion and motivation to fight stems from the deep-rooted love he has for his family. He explained how becoming a father has truly made him become the man that he is today. Lee also shared where the famous sound of “YASSSSS!!!” comes from and the importance of what it represents.

“Before I had my child I wanted my family to see me in a different light rather than just being a street dude. I wanted to show my sister that I can be someone positive. Having a child made my life change. The fight for me is now real.”

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.”

Lee is a natural fighter. He’s honest, straight forward, and never backs away from a challenge. He’s extremely thankful for all the support he receives and hopes to be able to give the fans exciting fights each time he enters the ring.

Lee, with head Coach Moises Roman/Universal Boxing

“I want to thank God for the blessing of life. I want to thank his for everything he has given me. I want to thank him for my daughter, my family, and my friends. I also want to thank my coach Moises Roman. He’s been with me since the beginning and a great influence on my life. I want to thank my team at Universal Boxing Gym and everyone for their love and support. I truly love all my fans.”

“The thing about me, from where I’m from, love isn’t pure. When get you love and respect you have to give it back. I’m real. I’m one of the realest people you will ever meet. I’m honest, I’m blunt, and I love what I do.”

“Sometimes you don’t get that in boxing. It’s hard to get respect. You have fighters that you might love but not respect. I give love and respect to everyone. When I receive love it I give it back. One thing about me is that I love hard.”

As Lee awaits another chance to showcase his skills within the ring, fight fans will be in anticipation to see and hear the sounds of “YASSSSS!!!!” when he returns.

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“My favorite dog is the American bully. When you get a good one it can sell for about $25k.” - photo courtesy of Kevin Santamaria

“My favorite dog is the American bully. When you get a good one it can sell for about $25k.” – photo courtesy of Kevin Santamaria