Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may not be a hardcore fan's favorite yet, but tonight in El Paso against Andy Lee, Chavez had his best performance to date, pounding out a seventh round TKO win over Andy Lee in an exciting HBO main event at the Sun Bowl.
Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KO) and Lee (28-2, 20 KO) exchanged hard shots, but over time, it became clear: Chavez had the chin to take all of Lee's heaviest fire, and the determination to wear him out. The 26-year-old Chavez pounded away at the body of Lee, and over the course of the fight, it was just too much for the Irishman to handle.
In the seventh round, Chavez came out aggressively and tore away at Lee's body, and you could just see the title challenger starting to crumble. A hard left hook to the body hurt Lee badly, and then Chavez finished him off with a flurry that brought referee Laurence Cole in to stop the action.
After the fight, Lee gave Chavez great credit, saying that his punches "had no effect" on Chavez, and that he just couldn't move him.
He also said that DiBella stablemate Sergio Martinez could be in for a rough night against the Mexican brawler.
"I think (Chavez) is a tough fight for Sergio," Lee said, and added, "He's a lot better than people give him credit for."
Chavez and Martinez do have a signed "document" to fight this fall. Will the fight happen? I have no idea. But right now, I feel like Junior is ready for it -- and that Lee may be right about the challenge he could provide the real world champion.
Of Note: There was an issue before the fight, with Chavez refusing to take his urine test. We'll keep tabs on that. Tabs on him peeing.