Advertisement
Advertisement

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Andy Lee Tickets On Sale 5/5

By Jake Donovan

The final piece to the puzzle has now been placed for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s middleweight title defense versus Andy Lee on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El, Paso Texas. 

Less than two weeks after the threat of the fight not taking place on the UTEP campus due to security concerns, tickets will go on sale Saturday morning at 2PM ET/12PM local time (Mountain Time Zone). 

Chancellor Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa announced on the day of the press conference that the middleweight scrap would have to find a new home due to the decision made by the University of Texas Systems. Overwhelming demand and reconsideration of alleged concerns forced all involved to have a change of heart.

“Top Rank is dedicating this great event to the citizens of El Paso who helped us make this event possible, UTEP and for boxing in demanding that the Chavez Jr. vs. Lee championship bout take place at Sun Bowl Stadium,” Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said in a statement.

The bout will air live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 10:00PM ET. Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KO) fights on the network for the fourth straight time. His network debut was also his title winning effort, topping then-unbeaten Sebastian Zbik over 12 rounds in Los Angeles.

Chavez Jr. has since spent his time exclusively in Texas, though this fight will mark a third different city played in as many fights. The first title defense resulted in his first knockout in more than two years, stopping Peter Manfredo in the fifth round of their Nov.’ 11 scrap in Houston.

A 12-round decision over Marco Antonio Rubio this past February saw a sizeable crowd turn out at the Alamodome in San Antonio, though the event was hardly without controversy. 

Chavez Jr. was popped for a DUI during training camp in January and struggled mightily to get down the 160 lb. limit. Once the fight was over, the WBC and the Texas Boxing Commission failed to properly coordinate regarding post-fight drug testing, leading to a protest from the Rubio camp which is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Chavez Jr’s career moves on, much to the delight of Lee (28-1, 20KO) who had been longing for a big fight.

After spending much of last year following around Sergio Martinez, Lee was the odd man out regarding the title picture once 2012 rolled around. A third straight HBO appearance was supposed to be in the cards for Lee, but the Irish southpaw – now based out of Detroit – was pulled from the St. Patrick’s Day show when a suitable opponent could not be secured within the show’s miniscule budget.

Lee instead fought way off camera at a club show in Michigan for the sake of staying busy. Soon thereafter came the good news that the title fight with Chavez Jr. was secured, marking his first crack at a major belt. The bout is also his first in Texas. The tally is in stark contrast to Chavez Jr., who will make it an even dozen come fight night though his first in El Paso since 2006. 

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable service charges, can be purchased at the UTEP Ticket Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, online atwww.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (915) 747-5234.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ksan on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;12077084]Junior is much too strong for Andy. Lee possesses some skills that could make it tough for opponents with a more composed nature. But Julio Jr. can be efficient with his power and then turn up the furnace to a…

Comment by Roman Moreno on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;12077656]Will Martinez fight in the interim or wait for the winner of Lee/Chavez Jr.?[/QUOTE] He will just wait.

Comment by Roman Moreno on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=Fetta;12077316]But i thought Chavez hasnt signed anything? or has that changed?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=intoccabile;12077324]Nope, it hasn't changed. Chavez, accoridng to martinez, did not sign the binded contract.[/QUOTE] According to Martinez adviser/manager him and Top Rank have already finalized a deal if Chavez…

Comment by BostonGuy on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;12077283]Sergio and Dibella are allowing him to fight Lee who is Dibella's fighter and winner is binded to Sergio[/QUOTE] Will Martinez fight in the interim or wait for the winner of Lee/Chavez Jr.?

Comment by Babalu11 on 05-04-2012

Sign the contract spoiled *** get

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (14)
Top Headlines Mayweather Sr: I Believe My Son Will Fight Again, Break The Record Andreev, Chelokhsaev Win, Tedeev Upset in Vladikavkaz Lucas Matthysse To Return in Early 2017, Says Golden Boy Prez Photos: Perrella-Ugas, Karl-Quezada on Weight For PBC on FS1 Adam Balski Knocks Out Valery Brudov in The Fifth Chocolatito Not Pleased With Offer For Inoue, Prefers Cuadras Lewkowicz Sends Warning Message To Today's Boxers Ricardo Mayorga is Back, Plans Ring Return For December Luis Ortiz To Klitschko: I'll Replace Fury, Whoop Your Ass on 10/29 Ohara Davies is Off Burns-Relikh, Returns Saturday in Germany Hearn Keeps Everyone in Suspense on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Parker Mikey Garcia Still Waiting For a Date, Hopes For Zlaticanin Shot Video: Abregu Suffers KO Loss, Opponent Attacked Afterwards! Abregu Knocked Out By Journeyman, Post-Fight Brawl Erupts Javier Fortuna Will Go After Pedraza or Sosa vs. Smith Winner Cleverly Eager To Fight: I Want To Rip That Title Off Braehmer Pacquiao-Vargas Broadcast Team - Bradley, Smith, Kenny, More Billy Joe Saunders Return Moved To October 22 in Cardiff Juanma Vows: I'll Go For The Kill, Won't Stop Until I KO Vazquez! Golovkin-Saunders: Warren Will Try To Make The Fight Happen Ward: What Will Kovalev Do When Being the Krusher Doesn’t Work? Hopkins: Canelo-Golovkin WILL Happen, This Ain't May-Pac! Crolla: I'll Be Back Better To Beat Jorge Linares in Rematch Marlon Tapales vs. Arthur Villanueva is No Problem, Says Salud Video: Eddie Hearn on Joshua vs. Klitschko, Fury, DeGale vs. Jack Luis Concepcion-Kal Yafai Eyed For November 26 In Manchester Hearn: My Gut Says Joshua-Parker Next, Klitschko Next Year Frankie Gavin Gives High Praise To Nathan McIntosh Gonzalez: Canelo is NOT The Best - Until He Beats Golovkin! Freddie Roach, Cooper on Trump-Clinton as Championship Fight "Fighting Words” - Dead October: Hell Hath No (Tyson) Fury Malignaggi Pleads: Golovkin-Jacobs Has To Be Made Right Now! Flash Elorde's Grandsons Pick Up Decision Wins in Manila 'Don King Way' Not Moving To Street Where He Killed a Man Michael Conlan Already Eyes Future Carl Frampton Clash Joseph Parker Learning From David Tua's Mistakes as Shot Nears Mike Tyson Says His Ring Career is Unknown To Today's Youth Andre Ward: I've Always Felt Like The Underdog Hearn: I Think Tyson Fury Will NEVER Fight Again, He'll Be Stripped Orlando Salido-Takashi Miura Getting Closer For December 17
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement