By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0, 32 KOs) will face fourth-ranked contender Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) on June 16th at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
The fight will air as
part of HBO's Championship Boxing. The winner will likely face lineal
middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in November. That is unless
Martinez is tangling with Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
"I want to
make sure we get everything solidified so that Sergio gets his big shot
at the winner,” said Lou Dibella, Lee and Martinez’s promoter.
stopped journeyman Saul Duran in the second round a few weeks ago.
Chavez, 26, won a grueling 12-round decision over in Marco Antonio Rubio
in February. Lee, 27, is two inches taller than Chavez. His southpaw
style could prove to be problematical. Chavez Jr. will want to turn the
fight into a war as soon as possible. Lee will likely accommodate.
The bout will also pit ace trainers Emanuel Steward and Freddie Roach in opposite corners.
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