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Lee Praises Chavez's Power, Sees Tough Task For Sergio

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. recovered from a slow start he blamed on leg cramps and stopped Andy Lee at 2:21 of the seventh round Saturday night to retain his belt at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) began tentatively, not even throwing his first punch until 75 seconds had elapsed in the first round, and was initially outboxed by Lee (28-2), a much taller challenger than Chavez had previously faced. But as the next two rounds passed, the Mexican champion began to stalk Lee, blasting him with right-cross counterpunches.

''I couldn't hold him off,'' Lee said. ''He was too big and too strong. My punches had no effect on him. He just walked through them. A lot of the punches I threw would've hurt a lot of people, but he just walked through them. He's a big middleweight. No excuses. He’s a good fighter.”

Chavez is now lined up to face Sergio Martinez on September 15th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Lee feels Martinez will in for a rough night.

"Just because of the size difference. [Chavez] has got a big heart and a good chin. He's a good champion," Lee said

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Phantomas on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=edgarg;12256099]I'm glad to see that Lee remains a true Irishman, that is, a good sport, willing to give credit to an opponent when due. Good sportsmanship is what Irish boxers are taught. Others could do the same but it would…

Comment by mushahadeen on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=danceswithfire;12255544]in sergio's last 2 fights, he struggled againts both unitl the stoppages, [B]one seemed fake[/B] btw and the other got buddy mcgirt'd.[/QUOTE] We'll never know for sure because nobody cares enough about him to investigate.

Comment by edgarg on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=Suavecito80;12256859]and pacquiao got KO'ed by two scrubs with body punches a long time ago. One has nothing to do with the other. Martinez is going to make him pay everytime chavez does his bull rush. Martinez is going to win.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Suavecito80 on 06-18-2012

[QUOTE=JAS_JAS;12256668]One thing we know is sergio got tkod by a pressure fighter with a good chin, chavez fits the part, it could be a good fight:boxing:[/QUOTE] and pacquiao got KO'ed by two scrubs with body punches a long time ago.…

Comment by djinferno on 06-18-2012

Jr looked like he was on that juice...

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