“LITTLE” JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ IMPROVING AS A PRIZEFIGHTER
LOS ANGELES-CA- Overshadowed by Saturday’s perceived controversial decision victory for Timothy Bradley over Manny “The Congressman” Pacquiao, is this Satuday’s WBC middleweight (160 lb) clash between belt holder Julio Ceasar “Son of a Legend” Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs)
Can Chavez Remove Himself From Dad's Shadow?
and 2004 Irish Olympian Andy Lee
(28-1,20 KOs). Chavez,
a much improved fighter in the last couple of years who now works with famed trainer Freddie Roach
, takes on his toughest test in Lee, a prized pupil of Hall of Fame
trainer Emmanuel Steward
in the main event live from the Sun Bowl
in EL Paso Texas. The bout looks to be an entertaining contrast of styles on paper.
CHAVEZ HAS BEEN “LEARNING ON THE JOB”
Criticized by being babied by his promoter Top Rank in his early days, the son of Hall of Fame Mexican superstar Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr., who had no amateur career, has racked up some solid wins within the last two years. Defeating solid top middleweights in Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs) in his title winning effort, and Marco Antonio Rubio (53-6-1,46 KOs) in a mandatory title defense in February, has added a decent outside game to the brawling inside style of his well known father.
ONCE BEATEN LEE IS UPSET MINDED
Lee, a talented boxer who fights out of the southpaw stance (left-handed), has good power and great tutelage. In his only defeat he was stopped on his feet in the seventh round against Brian Vera (15-1 at the time) in a bout he was winning handily up until that point on the scorecards. Since that setback in 2008 he’s won 13 straight, also avenging the loss in one-sided fashion last November.
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