I can admit when I'm wrong, and I was about Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. I predicted Andy Lee would hand him his first loss; instead, Lee became another victim to Chavez, Jr.'s vicious body assault. He stopped Lee in the seventh round last night to retain his WBC middleweight title, improving his record to 46-0-1 with 32 KOs.
He delighted the pro-Chavez, Jr. crowd at The Sun Bowl with his most impressive performance to date.
Lee did outbox him early, but Chavez, Jr. was simply too strong for him, and he ultimately walked through Lee's attack to claim another victim.
I'm not the only one that predicted Lee would hand Chavez, Jr. a defeat. If you take a look at the poll in this article, at least 26 percent of those that voted in the poll thought Lee would win. It seems that Chavez, Jr. is just too big, strong and physical for the opponents he's faced thus far.
He eats shots, but they don't seem to have a significant effect on him, and they certainly aren't a deterrent to his pressure. After the third round, Lee simply couldn't keep him off. This also was the case against Marco Antonio Rubio in his previous fight.
Rubio hit Chavez, Jr. with everything he had, but Chavez, Jr. walked him down as well. In that fight Chavez came into the ring at a hefty 180 pounds. Last night he was in better shape, but he still produced the same result.
He is ready to take the next step in his career. Some say that has to be a clash with current middleweight king Sergio Martinez. It would be an interesting fight, one I'd give Chavez, Jr. much more of a shot at winning now than I would have this time yesterday.
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