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 Last update:  4/3/2012       Read more by Jake Donovan            &
Lee: I Thought Vanes Would Get Chavez Fight Before Me
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By Jake Donovan

There probably wasnt a happier man in the boxing scene than Andy Lee once news broke of his landing a June 16 showdown with unbeaten middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Its possible there also wasnt anyone as surprised as Lee himself when he landed the HBO fight.

I didnt think I had a chance when they said it was between me and Vanes Martirosyan, admitted Lee (28-1, 20KO), as both Chavez and Martirosyan are promoted by Top Rank. A few days passed and they said they wanted me instead of Vanes. Lo and behold it became a reality.

The industry-wide suggestion is that Top Rank who co-promotes Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KO) always prefers to keep its fights in-house rather than negotiate with outside parties. There have also existed years-long whispers that Chavez Jr. will remain a protected fighter for as long as his handlers can milk his popularity.

Signing on for a dangerous defense versus Lee should serve as a good start towards putting to rest both rumors.

Top Rank makes the fights based on who their fighters want to fight period, insists Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The choice of Andy Lee was made by one person and one person only - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Im not in the ring, I dont fight these guys. I let the fighters make the choices. We give the option to the fighter were promoting. He asked, Who is available? and we gave him the list of names. He said he wants to fight Andy Lee. We make the fight that the fighter wants. That fight is now done.

Actually, there are still contracts to be signed in fact, reviewed before the fight is officially done. Once ink hits paper, Lee will begin celebrating, although the plan is already outlined for training camp.

Im excited right now, Lee stated. Once the contracts are signed Ill be even more excited. Ive been in the gym training for two weeks, but camp officially begins Monday.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Follow Jake on Twitter:@JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to

Tags: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr , Andy Lee , Vanes Martirosyan , Chavez-Lee , Chavez vs Lee

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comment by kiaba360, on 04-04-2012
[QUOTE=Mars Volta]rubio is/was a tougher fight then this one[/QUOTE] what way? Lee is bigger, younger, more athletic, a southpaw who can box, has pop in both hands, has a good jab/right hook/left upper-cut. The only thing Rubio has over Lee is experience and in-fighting I guess. On to...

comment by imisupu, on 04-04-2012
2 things #1 Did Arum just tell on Pacman he said he let's his fighters choose who they want to fight so did Pacman choose not to fight Mayweather????? He said it not me!!! #2 Arum just made a mistake after this fight Chavez jr will be and 1..... Lee is no slouch!

comment by El Talegon, on 04-04-2012
Jr. by KO.

comment by mrpleaseplease, on 04-04-2012
And this is why our sport is in so much trouble" the decision was made by 1 person only Julio Caeser Chavez Jr" god dam bob, and everyone wonders why the super fight isn't happening? Fighters jobs are to fight, period. promoters job is to get the best fights and best profit for their fighter asw...

comment by nycsmooth, on 04-04-2012
Vanes is #1 @ 154, 4 over a year % is the mandatory, Kirkland what's the red head doing?? Macklin's #1@ '60, don't know how except 4 Sergio, Lee's ok, but the WBC has some weak s**t for 160# contenders...

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