After much speculation as to who his next opponent would be, WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1 with 31 KOs) will face heavy handed Irish southpaw Andy Lee (28-1 with 20 KOs) on June 16th at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
The bout will be televised on HBO. This will be by far the stiffest test of Julio Junior’s career. Given the fact that Chavez Jr. had only two amateur fights, it was imperative that he was matched perfectly during the time that he was learning on the job and kudos to Top Rank and their matchmaker for doing just that. Turning pro at 17 in the junior lightweight division, Chavez Jr. although raw, showed a lot of potential. He is built completely differently than his famous father and although he is far from displaying the prodigious talent that his pop had, he is actually more versatile than his old man given the fact that he is capable of fighting inside, as well as outside due to his longer frame.
Julio has improved greatly over the past couple years. In his last fight two months ago against highly ranked Marco Antonio Rubio, Chavez Jr. put those cultivated skills on display winning a unanimous decision over a man who had won ten straight fights including a stoppage victory over David Lemieux who was an undefeated hot young prospect at the time. Chavez Jr is a lot more polished than he was two to three years ago and has been fed a good diet of challengers who have enabled him to improve in multiple areas including the ever important psychological department.
He will need the added confidence in order to pass his biggest test to date: Andy Lee. Andy who is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer/manager and owner of Kronk Gym Emanuel Steward, has won 13 consecutive fights since being stopped back in March of 2008 by Brian Vera, a loss that has since been avenged...
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