This weekend boxing will try to get back to normal. After the media shaking judge’s decision from the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight, last week, the boxing world will try to recover when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. faces off against Andy Lee in El Paso, Texas for the WBC Middleweight title on HBO’s boxing card this weekend. Also in action, on the under-card, will be undefeated, light middleweight contender, Vanes Martirosyan going against Ryan Davis.
Andy Lee (28-1 with 20 KOs) comes into this fight after winning a quick 2nd rd TKO over 39 year old journeyman, Saul Duran. Lee’s most impressive win, in my opinion was against Craig McEwan, a fight that I had him losing until Lee knocked him down in the 9th and then finished him off in the 10th by TKO. It showed that even when down that Lee had the power and the heart to keep fighting until he got the job done. His only professional loss was to Brian Vera, 4 yrs ago, and since then, he has avenged that loss by beating Vera last year in a dominant unanimous decision.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1 with 31 KO’s) comes into this fight after defeating Marco Antonio Rubio by unanimous decision, in a fight where, he came in on fight night at 181 lbs, but his body looked like he was near 200 lbs. Chavez Jr. was accused of possible use of steroid use because he did not leave a urine sample for drug testing and did not have a reason for it. Chavez Jr. has been suspended in the past for a bad drug test and it’s something that will probably cause people to always question every win he has for the rest of his career, especially when showing up on fight night over 20 lbs heavier than the previous night.
Chavez Jr. has more to lose in this fight, as he has faced better opponents his last 3 than Lee, and he is in negotiations to face top 5 P4p fighter, Sergio Martinez, in a bout probably ticketed for October if he wins, as they will not go head to head with the possible Canelo-Ortiz fight. I love this fight because you have 2 fighters that are in the middle of their prime years, both with KO power, and both with something to prove. The winner of this fight will not only be moved quickly up the rankings, but if they do it impressively, they could get a chance to start getting the big money. I’m going with Chavez by 10th rd TKO, the combination of him being a naturally bigger fighter, and the motivation for a shot at King at 160, Sergio, is a big goal for him, and I think he’ll take advantage of it.
The other fight on the under-card features Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (32-0 with 20 KOs) vs. “Dangerous” Ryan Davis, in a fight that shouldn’t be too much problems for Vanes. I don’t think Davis is much of a challenge and I think Vanes wanted it this way. He has had the opportunity to step up his competition and has passed on it previously, so it looks like he will take it slow and steady. He has been campaigning lately to be in the “Canelo Sweepstakes”, but he was passed over for Victor Ortiz. Eventually he’s going to have to fight a real contender, so that his best win isn’t against Joe Greene from 2 years ago, but that will not be this fight. Vanes will win by TKO by rd 5 and then he can continue with his slow step by step climb up the light middleweight ladder.
Now I understand that last week boxing as a sport took a hit, a big one, because of the worldwide stage it was one, but this week, get to see 3 fighters in the mid 20s that all can become big draws in the next year. A true boxing fan can recognize if a boxer is built up by record or if he’s a real contender. This event could help show how “Real” of a contender that Chavez Jr. is.
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