Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: Andy Lee will be the toughest fight of my career

18 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

The declaration “this is the toughest fight of my career,” has become something of a promotional mantra in modern boxing but, in the case of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, it is apt. During his tenure as WBC middleweight world champion, La Leyenda Continua has looked impressive in stopping Peter Manfredo Jr and decisioning Marco Antonio Rubio as each opponent represented a greater test than the last, however, on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, there is little doubt that Chavez Jr is up against his most skillful opponent as Kronk 160lber Andy Lee challenges for world honours.

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Andy Lee is regarded to be the consensus number one contender to the alphabet and lineal titles at 160lbs

“This fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Andy Lee is a remarkable one [as it matches] two young, handsome warriors from different parts of the world,” said Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum when he announced the title fight. “Chavez Jr is from Mexico, Lee is from Ireland and each will be doing his best to make his country proud.”

Lee is a noted jabber, exquisite when keeping combat at range and is one of the most in-form fighters as he has gone from strength to strength with recent triumphs over Craig McEwan, Alex Bunema, Bryan Vera and Saul Duran.

“I am facing a tough, difficult opponent in Andy Lee,” said Chavez Jr (45-0-1, 31ko). “This will be the toughest fight of my career.”

Lee, meanwhile, commented that he is excited to have booked his first shot at a major world championship: “I am honoured to have this opportunity. I have been waiting my whole life for this. It is going to be a great show [and] boxing fans [are] going to see a world class fight!”

Lee’s promoter Lou DiBella added: “I am thrilled that Andy Lee is getting his long-deserved shot at a middleweight championship. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr deserves credit for taking on the biggest challenge of his career. On June 16 a new champion will be crowned in El Paso, Texas.”

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