Julio Cesar Chavez Jr just pulled off the best victory of his career in which he knocked out tough Irishman Andy Lee in seven rounds. Chavez was very impressive in the fight, despite falling behind to Lee early on.
In the first two rounds, Andy Lee was fighting the perfect fight, boxing brilliantly and keeping Chavez at a distance. He was peppering Chavez with the jab and kept him measured at just the right distance. However, starting in Round 3 that began to change.
Round 3 was close, but I gave it to Chavez. Rounds 4 and 5 were more of the same; they fought toe-to-toe, but Chavez was appearing to begin to wear Lee down. Lee got away from his boxing skills and fought the wrong fight.
The sixth was a war of attrition; the two fighters traded bombs. At that point, it looked like Lee might be getting back into the fight, but it was not to be for the Irishman. In the seventh, Chavez backed Lee against the ropes and stopped him with a barrage of punches.
It was an impressive victory for Chavez and was, by far, the best performance of his career. Lee was a very solid fighter, but Chavez simply wore him down.
At this point, it looks like Chavez will either fight Sergio Martinez in the fall or vacate his title. Chavez's performance tonight made that fight a little bit more interesting, but I think that Chavez will ultimately get knocked out by the Argentine star.
Either way, it will be a great fight, and I'd love to see it.
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