By Rick Reeno
Promoter Lou DiBella advised BoxingScene.com that middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19KOs) is ready and willing to face WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KOs). Chavez returned to the ring on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, and won a twelve round unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Rubio. Shortly after the fight, Chavez's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, mentioned Lee as a possible opponent for the Mexican champion's next fight. Arum has already spoken with HBO, who appear to be on board with the fight.
"Andy Lee is going to have a stay busy fight real soon and he'll be ready to fight Chavez Jr. whenever Chavez Jr. is ready. We're ready, willing and able to do the Andy Lee fight as soon possible. Let's get it done," DiBella told BoxingScene.com.
However, with respect to the Chavez-Rubio bout, there is a now a post-fight controversy brewing. The World Boxing Council forgot to administer the post-fight doping tests on both boxers. Rubio and his team are alleging that Chavez quickly left the venue to avoid taking an anti-doping test. Chavez admittedly struggled to make the middleweight limit and weighed in at 159.5-pounds on Friday. When HBO weighed him prior to the Rubio fight, he blew up to a massive 181-pounds.
"I'm not accussing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of anything. That simply wouldn't be fair. Is it any surprise that a guy who looks like a skeleton at a weigh-in and then gains 20 pounds, looks like King Kong and doesn't have a second of tiring - doesn't want to take an anti-doping test?," DiBella questioned.
While DiBella is not accussing Chavez of taking any performance enhancing drugs, he would feel more comfortable if VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] was involved in the possible fight between Lee and Chavez - but VADA's involvement is not necessarily a deal-breaker, says DiBella.
"I'm not saying it's a deal issue, but we would prefer to use the VADA testing," DiBella told BoxingScene.com.
Like USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency], VADA's testing protocol is random and unannounced. The majority of the testing protocol takes place during the fighter's training period.