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Chávez vs Lee, sparks fly in El Paso

Son of The Legend to defend his WBC middleweight title for the third time

Last time Julio César Chávez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO's) fought in El Paso, Texas, he won his first boxing title.

Today, after almost 6 years, Junior will get on the Sun Bowl ring to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Championship against the powerful Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs).

That August night back in 2006, Julio César got on the ring of the Don Haskins Convention Center wanting a chance at the vacant WBC Youth World Light Middleweight title. He earned it winning by Knock Out after 4 rounds against Jermaine White pleasing his fans.

Now, with 26 years on his shoulders, during one of which he has been World Champion, Jr. comes back to the arena looking to clear any existing doubts and to keep establishing his prowess to friends and foes alike before facing Argentinean Sergio Martínez on September 15 in Las Vegas.

For this match the son of legendary JC made some changes that, apparently, worked soon enough. At least that is what could be seen the moment he stepped on the scale and registered 159 lb, a quarter pound less than his adversary. If that wasn't enough, he didn't even train back in his hometown of Culiacán nor in Los Angeles, but in Las Vegas with his father Julio César Chávez, assistant trainer Vladimir Valdenebro, chef Héctor Pavón, masseur Cristian Quintero and conditioning coach José Luis Cornejo, a team with which instant results were achieved.

"We made a few adjustments that reflected on the scale, but I'm sure they will show even better in the ring tomorrow" said Chávez Jr when he got off the scale.

Andy Lee, being left handed and taller, seems like the biggest test Chávez Carrasco has faced in his career. The 28 year old Irishman is ranked in the Top 5 of his category and his chances of defeating Junior are rumored to be high.

Lee is on a winning streak of 13 victories after losing his unbeaten status against Brian Vera back in March of 2008. Without a doubt a big obstacle on his way but both he and Jr. seem certain of winning and making history in the Middleweight division.

Finally the countdown has reached the end, Julio is ready to get in there and show the world why he has the reputation of being one of the best boxers in his category as well as one of the favorites while Lee faces the biggest opportunity in his life and will try to seize it.

editorial@sandiegored.com

Original text by Salvador Rodríguez

Translation by Karen Balderas Licea

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