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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
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. retained his WBC middleweight title Saturday night by stopping Andy Lee in the seventh round. For those who know me, know I am not a huge Chavez Jr. fan. Personally Chavez hasn’t done enough to be called a champ but he is slowly proving me wrong.
At the opening bell Lee was out boxing and landing some great shots, all three judges had Lee ahead before the stoppage but by the later rounds Lee’s power had no effect and Chavez was landing some power combinations with beautiful body shots and upper cuts. Even with leg cramps Chavez was taunting Lee’s punching power and kept saying to hit him. At the end, Chavez Jr. was too big and too strong for the Ireland boy and after a barrage of punches, the referee waived the fight to an end.
“I could’ve knocked him out in the first round but I had leg cramps so I waited,” Chavez said of Lee after the fight. “He’s strong, he’s young, he’s big he gave me everything he had but he couldn’t do anything to me.”
Even Emmanuel Steward, who trains Lee, was impressed with Chavez performance “Junior fought a smart fight. He’s very strong. He passed the test.”
“I couldn’t hold him off,” Lee said. “He was too big and too strong.”
After the fight Chavez said he would like to fight Sergio Martinez and that he will win by knock out to shut the mouth of all critics. Bob Arum, who promotes Chavez, also said during the post fight press conference that he was looking at a September 15 date for the mega fight.
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