LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: (R-L) Referee Jack Reiss, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. of Mexico pose following the WBC World Middleweight Title bout with Sebastian Zbik of Germany at Staples Center on June 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Not quite like father, but definitely getting there.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. went into his fight against Andy Lee last night (Sat., June 16, 2012) somewhat of a punchline in the world of boxing, a mediocre talent getting preferential treatment on account of his name and drawing power.
Sure as hell didn’t look like it last night, however.
After a slow start, Chavez’s punching power and relentless pressure became the story of his fight against the world-ranked Lee, his characteristic body attack sapping the Irishman’s energy while his rock-steady chin absorbed the responding flurries. In the seventh round, Chavez forced Lee into the corner and began to unload. During the assault, Lee dropped his hands to attempt a counter and ate an enormous right hook, effectively going out on his feet and forcing referee Laurence Cole to call an end to the proceedings.
Assuming no (further) shenanigans from the WBC, this win sets the stage for a showdown against Sergio Martinez, which the Chavez camp has historically avoided like the plague.
In any case, it was a very good performance for the young brawler, and he definitely proved himself a legitimate threat at 160-pounds.
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