Chavez Jr. shows his mettle, stops Lee in seven
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (June 17, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photos © Chris Farina / Top Rank)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0, 32 KOs) regained his WBC middleweight championship by stopping Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs) in the seventh round at the Sun Bowl Stadium in EL Paso, Texas. All three judges had Lee ahead 58-56 at the time of the stoppage.

Southpaw Lee did well in the first two rounds by establishing his jab. His right hand also found the chin of Chavez Jr. Lee’s plan was to box and for six minutes it worked. Chavez Jr. landed a strong left hook that moved Lee back. Lee stayed in control in round two by jabbing and countering Chavez Jr. Lee landed a sharp left uppercut that straightened the champion up. Chavez Jr. connected with a double left hook to the body of Lee.

In round three a Lee left hook and right hand surprised Chavez Jr. The punches had no effect though as Chavez Jr. asked for more. Lee obliged by landing another right. Chavez Jr. was beginning to land some wicked body shots. His left hook to Lee’s side hurt. He connected with another combination as Lee languished on the ropes.

Chavez Jr. landed two hard rights in round four. Lee countered with a strong left uppercut. Chavez Jr. shook it off and connected with another heavy combination to the body of Lee. Both fighters landed uppercuts at the bell. Chavez Jr. kept working Lee’s body in round five. Lee went back to jabbing, but the effect was transparent. Chavez Jr. walked right through Lee and landed a big left hook. Lee connected with his own right near the midway point of the round. Chavez Jr. stung Lee with an inside uppercut. The Kronk fighter was beginning to tire while Chavez Jr. was getting stronger. Lee was still trying to box, but didn’t have the firepower to keep the younger champion off him.

In round six, Chavez Jr. continued to pound the body of Lee. The challenger tried to fight back, but the defending champion was too strong. Chavez Jr. hurt Lee with a strong left hook in round seven. He leaned on Lee and opened up, ripping him with shots to the body. Lee was wilting as Chavez Jr. whaled away.

Chavez Jr. bulled Lee into the corner and unleashed another combination to the head and body. After a Chavez Jr. right crashed off the chin of Lee, referee Lawrence Cole wisely waved off the contest.

The time of the stoppage was 2:21 of round seven.

“I started slow to see if he had any power,” said Chavez Jr. in the ring after the fight. “I saw he didn’t have anything so I came on.”

Lee had nothing but praise for Chavez Jr.

“I have no excuses. I couldn’t hurt him,” Lee said softly. ‘He’s a big middleweight.”

The Chavez Jr. win sets up a showdown with Sergio Martinez this September in Las Vegas. The win should go a long way in quieting the many Chavez Jr. critics

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