Chavez Jr. Up for WBC Title Defence Against Andy Lee on June 16

Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight star (28w, 1l 20kos) declared this week he wants a world title shot against World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45w- 1d, 1nc 31kos) on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas.

In February this year, Lee was already in the frame to fight Chavez Jr. on June 16. The fight was agreed in principle by HBO Boxing, Team Lee and Chavez Jr.’s promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Then Team Chavez reneged on Lee as an opponent because of the Kronk fighter’s southpaw style..

In an interview with Ben Thompson of Fight Hype, Chavez Jr. has now indicated that he is willing to fight Lee and the Kronk fighter’s southpaw style would not be an issue. He will fight whoever his promoter Top Rank chooses for him.

There are no other credible middleweight fighters out there for Chavez Jr. to fight with the same credentials and standing in the sport as Lee. The Kronk fighter is presently listed in the world rankings as WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2.

Lee commented ‘With Julio now up for the fight, there are no obstacles in the way to make the fight, it is now up to Julio’s promoter Bob Arum and my promoter Lou DiBella to cut a deal and get the fight on for the fans. I am ready and willing to step through the ropes on June 16 and go to battle with Julio for the WBC middleweight title. Bring it on.’

Article posted on 22.03.2012

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