Chavez Jr. vs Lee is Close For June 16th, Says Arum

By Rick Reeno

A deal is very close for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KOs) to defend his WBC middleweight title against Andy Lee (28-1, 20KOs) in an HBO televised fight on June 16th in Texas, according to Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum.

"I like Andy Lee as the opponent. I think it's a great fight," Arum told

The fight with Lee is the first piece of the puzzle. The next piece would be a September defense against Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28KOs) on HBO pay-per-view. Contrary to reports, Arum advised BoxingScene that last week Chavez signed a two-fight extension with Top Rank. Chavez is pushing Top Rank to make the fight with Martinez.

"That is true, [Chavez] wants the fight [with Martinez]. [Top Rank head matchmaker] Bruce [Trampler] thinks its a tough fight, but he believes [Chavez] can win," Arum said.

Lou DiBella, who promotes both Lee and Martinez, hopes to finalize the details of a Chavez-Lee fight in the next few days.

"Any time where Bob has wanted to make a deal, we've had no problems in making one. If Bob says a deal will get done in the next few days [for Lee], I'm confident that we'll get it done," DiBella told

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alexo723 on 04-02-2012

Stop taking [email protected] about Chavez! Let him first fight and them u can talk smack! Watch shut all ur mouths and beat lee!

Comment by jodie on 04-02-2012

what r u talking about?? Lee wins by knockout- he is on a mission and will be the next irishman to win a world title- if chavez even fights him as he has been running scared for long enough!

Comment by jodie on 04-02-2012

you r a joke

Comment by sebastianb7312 on 04-02-2012

Lee is good not Great! He is Chavez's slickest opponent to date, but doubt he has the strength nor the speed to cause any damage to big head Chavez! Vanes wldve been a wayyy better match! Chaves got spanked with…

Comment by Roman Moreno on 04-02-2012

[QUOTE=BoxerDood;11961693]Very good fight. Gotta give Chavez Jr credit for stepping up the level of opposition lately. Zbik, Manfredo, Rubio and Lee is not a bad streak at all. [B]But goddamn WBC, strip the f*cking title already! Its clear that he's…

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