Andy Lee seeks WBC World Title Showdown with Chavez Jr.
The hungry Kronk fighter is presently listed in the world rankings as WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight star (28w, 1l 20kos) is seeking a world title shot against World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45w- 1d, 1nc 31kos) on June 16 at the Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas.
The hungry Kronk fighter is presently listed in the world rankings as WBC #4, WBA #2 and WBO #2 and following a 13 fight winning streak feels he has paid his dues to challenge for a world title on June 16.
In the last six months Lee has seen boxers like Martin Murray, Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin, Peter Manfredo Jr and Marco Antonio Rubio all challenge for world titles and the Irishman now wants his chance.
Following Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. successful second title defence of his WBC belt against Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4, 2012, Andy Lee was in the frame to fight Chavez Jr. in June. Team Lee, Chavez Jr.’s US promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and HBO Boxing all agreed to the fight in principle.
Then during February 2012 Team Chavez changed their minds on Lee as an opponent, the reason being they were reluctant for Chavez Jr. to fight the Kronk fighter because of his southpaw style.
Team Lee is clear they want the fight and think the fight makes good sporting and business sense for all parties. They feel for a world champion with nearly 50 fights not wanting to fight a challenger because of his southpaw style is a pretty lame excuse at this level of the sport.
Lee commented “I would relish the opportunity to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC title on June 16. I’m ready and available, let’s make the fight. It would be a tough fight but I believe I have the skills to beat him and end his reign as champion. The Irish and Mexican people like a good fight, so let’s get it on.”
The Chavez Jr. v Lee fight is a war the boxing public want to see; two young fighters doing battle for the WBC middleweight crown.
The Chavez Jr v Zbik world title bout on June 4, 2011 successfully drew 1.5 million viewers on HBO and with over 40 million people in the US of Irish descent a Chavez Jr v Lee title bout has the potential to boost these viewing figures significantly and generate substantial revenue for fighters, promoters and broadcasters.
Lee’s manager and trainer Emanuel Steward commented “Andy has established himself has an entertaining fighter in America and Europe. I think a fight between Andy and Julio would be a great fight; they are two young fighters burning with ambition and have a track record of being in exciting fights.
Andy is the most prominent and visible middleweight contender resident in the United States at this time; it makes good sporting and business sense for HBO and promoters to make the fight between Andy and Julio.”
Team Lee is confident that a deal can be made with Top Rank, Team Chavez and HBO soon if Top Rank want to re-engage in discussions. There are no other opponents out there for Chavez Jr. to fight that have the credentials that Andy Lee brings to the table.
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