Maurice Lee (boxer)
|Real name||Maurice Lamar Lee|
|Height||5′ 10″ / 178cm|
|Born||March 2, 1992|
Covina, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||4|
Maurice "Ambitious" Lee (born March 2, 1992) is an American professional boxer in the welterweight class. He was a finalist of Golden Gloves Tournament in 2012 before turning pro in 2013 and is currently signed under Mayweather Promotions. He has a 8-1 (4KOs) boxing record and was the chief Mayweather Jr.'s sparring parting in preparation for the fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and against Conor McGregor in 2017. Marc Raimondi, MMA Fighting news writer described Maurice Lee as one who has a good handle on what the expectations are for sparring partner treatment having been part of the two biggest training camps in the history of boxing.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Maurice was born in West Covina, California in 1992. He was pushed into street fighting at an age of just five years by his mother a time his father was in prison. His mother was also in and out of prison now and then, which resulted in Lee drifting in and out of different foster homes.
Maurice Father completed his jail term when he was 14 years old. A year later the family relocated from Sacramento, California where Maurice grew up and moved to Los Angeles to start a new life. By the time the family was relocating Maurice had already won 4 armature fights and his interest in fighting caught his fathers attention. His father took him to Broadway Boxing Gym where Maurice began training under Derrick “Papa Bear” Harris. Although Maurice Lee had only participated in four armature fights, his desire to spar with pro-boxers in the gym made him lie he had 300 fights earning him the nickname Mr. 300. 
Maurice Lee at age nineteen participated in 2012 Golden Gloves Tournament and made it through only to lose at the final match. His armature career was brief and in 2013 he turned pro
Profession Career[edit | edit source]
Maurice Lee made his entry into pro-boxing in 2013 with his first fight on April 12, 2013, against Sean Quinnett in Shelton, Mason County in Washington, USA. He won the fight by technical knock-out. His second fight as a pro boxer was against Jeff Hatton on June 7, 2013, which he also won by a technical knockout. On September 7, 2013, Maurice had his third fight against Carlos Sanchez which he won by a unanimous decision. His fourth fight was against Eddie Melendrez on April 24th, 2014, which he won by majority decision. 
In 2015, Maurice moved to Los Angeles and joined the Mayweather Boxing Club with one mission in mind to spar with Mayweather. Despite the 4-0 (2KOs) record, to become Mayweather's sparring partner Maurice Lee had to prove himself. He would take on Mayweather Promotion fighters such as Mickey Bey during sparring sessions. His determination and effort bore fruit and he progressed to become one of the Mayweather's sparring partner. In June 2015, the Mayweather Promotions team signed Maurice Lee as one of the Mayweather-Promotions Fighters. 
On September 8, 2015, Maurice Lee had his first fight as a Mayweather Promotions fighter against Shaun Lee Henson. He won the fight by a KO turning his boxing record into 5-0 (3KOs). Maurice second fight under Mayweather Promotion was against Ronald Rivas on February 16, 2016, and the third fight against Samuel Santana on May 13, 2016, and he won both fights by unanimous decision boosting his record to 7-0 (3KOs).
After the May 13, 2016 fight Maurice Lee, was back in Mayweather training camp as the main Mayweather Jr.'s sparring partner in preparation for the fight against Conor MacGregor that took place on August 27, 2017. Mayweather Jr. won the fight boosting Maurice Lee name as a sparring partner.
On December 2, 2016, Maurice Lee lost his first fight in his professional boxing career to Cameron Krael. He lost the fight by unanimous decision turning his record to 8-1 (3KOs).
Less than a year later after his first loss, Maurice was back in training camp as the Mayweather's sparring partner in preparation for August 26, 2017, fight against mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion and, at the time, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. Mayweather Jr. won the fight by a technical knockout another boost to Maurice Lee name as a sparring partner.
After a long inactive season, Maurice Lee made a comeback on May 11, 2018 in a fight against Joel Guevara. He won the fight by a technical knockout winning improving his world welter weight ranking to position 394 from 396.
Professional boxing record[edit | edit source]
|Professional record summary|
|9 fights||8 wins||1 loss|
|9||Win||8–1||Joel Guevara||TKO||May 11, 2018||Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|8||Loss||7–1||Cameron Krael||UD||Dec 2, 2016||Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||first loss in his professional boxing career|
|7||Win||7-0||Samuel Santana||UD||May 13, 2016||Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|6||Win||6-0||Ronald Rivas||UD||Feb 16, 2016||Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5-0||Shaun Lee Henson||KO||Sept 8, 2015||Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||first fight as a Mayweather Promotions’ fighter|
|4||Win||4-0||Eddie Melendrez||MD||April 24, 2014||Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3-0||Carlos Sanchez||UD||Sept 7, 2013||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, Riverside County, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2-0||Jeff Hatton||TKO||Jun 7, 2013||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Mason County, Washington, U.S.|
|1||Win||1-0||Sean Quinnett||TKO||April 12, 2013||Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Mason County, Washington, U.S.||first professional debut |
References[edit | edit source]
- "Maurice "Ambtious" Lee – Mayweather Promotions". Mayweather Promotions. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- "Maurice Lee". Box Rec. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
- Mungia, Mario (2015-06-20). "Floyd Mayweather Jr. Signs Prospect Maurice Lee to Mayweather Promotions". Tha Boxing Voice. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
- Giardini, Mark (2016-02-29). "TMT's Undefeated Maurice "Ambitious" Lee, Mayweather's Chief Sparring Partner for Pacquiao, Talks Recent Fight". ScarecrowGrin. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
- Raimondi, Marc (2017-08-11). "Floyd Mayweather sparring partners discuss Conor McGregor's treatment of Paulie Malignaggi". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
- Kohn, Jody (2015-05-02). "Maurice Lee on his experience as a Floyd Mayweather Jr. sparring partner - Pro Boxing Insider". Pro-Boxing Insider. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
- "Maurice Lee v Shaun Lee Henson". Box Rec. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
- "Cameron Krael v Maurice Lee". BoxRec. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
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