Roach: I Prefer Andy Lee For The Chavez Jr. Fight in June

By Ernest Gabion

Trainer Freddie Roach recently appeared on's official audio show, The Boxing Lab, and discussed the possible opponents to face WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0, 31KOs) on June 16th in El Paso, Texas. The two fighters being considered are Andy Lee (28-1, 20KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20KOs). Roach, who also works with Vanes, would Lee as the opponent.

"I would like to see Andy Lee as the opponent because I train Vanes, so of course it would be a lot easier for me. I would like to see Andy Lee. Vanes is 154-pounder, and Lee is a true middleweight. He has a good right hand and he's a little bit of a puncher and with him being a southpaw - that might give us a little problem here and there but I would like to see Andy Lee. Chavez is the world champion now and he to fight the best guys around," Roach said.

Roach doesn't believe Vanes will accept the fight for personal reasons.

"I don't really think Vanes would take that fight knowing that I might be in the other corner," Roach said.

But, Roach could see also himself working the corner of Vanes - if there was a training issue with Chavez - like the Mexican fighter possibly refusing to train in the Philippines, where Roach is scheduled to spend several weeks training superstars Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao for their upcoming fights.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 03-31-2012

If Jr. really makes 160, no drugs, and that's a big if. And if they fight in Philidelphia, or Ireland even. Lee kicks his butt, no doubt. But Jr. has the WBC, his daddies influence, and a permanent hometown advantage.…

Comment by 4Corners on 03-31-2012

Chavez will beat Vanes, I don't think Vanes is THAT good. Neither is Julio at this moment, but I still think he works Vanes down to win a decision or late stoppage. If Andy Lee can box well, stick and…

Comment by ANDROIDISM on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=argminasyan;11955525]Freddie know vanes will whoop his cash cow... Freddie and alex both know and before they were hired to train Chavez both were continually begging top rank for a Chavez vs martirosyan bout as they knew that their fighter which…

Comment by ONECRAK on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=any craic lad?;11955313]The Vanes Roach thing would be a block to that fight so hopefully this gets done.[/QUOTE] there is no block except roach doesnt want vanes to beat up his money fighter

Comment by ANDROIDISM on 03-31-2012

[QUOTE=lightsoutOhio;11955514]Damn these [email protected] still got theyre running shoes on. Pu$$yboy B level chavez jr. Now thats a mexican warrior ....a 190lber running from little OLD Sergio a true 154-160lber. Eat a dic% you pu$$y chavez jr, top rank and Wbc.…

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