On Saturday night in El Paso, Texas, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will defend his trinket against once-beaten Andy Lee from Ireland. How he will face Lee after already going through the murderer’s row of Marco Antonio Rubio, Peter Manfredo Jr, Sebastian Zbik, and Billy Lyell is anyone’s guess.
I actually like this fight. This will be our first time seeing the Miley Cyrus of boxing perform without the aid of auto-tune. Finally, a legitimate opponent that can legitimately hurt Chavez Jr if he makes a mistake. Andy Lee serves as the first Chavez Jr measuring stick. We can at last watch one of his fights and get a gauge of how talented he is, or isn’t. I’m excited about that.
Forget the fraudulent WBC belt and the fact that this fight is taking place in Texas, this fight has the promise of being one of the most exciting bouts of the year. Andy Lee is exciting and flawed enough for the tough-opposition-virgin, Chavez Jr, to look good against, and even beat. However, Andy Lee is also technical enough to give Chavez Jr fits if he relies on his boxing ability in the ring on Saturday night. The questions surrounding the outcome of the bout make it an exciting matchup.
If Chavez Jr pulls off a legitimate victory against Andy Lee on Saturday night, he deserves the full credit that comes along with being a top 5 middleweight. If he loses the fight, the masses in the boxing world will be singing the “I told you so” tune. A lot is riding on Saturday’s Texas showdown. Finally, we will get some answers to the questions we’ve been asking about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.