Originally written on North Texas Fisticuffs  |  Last updated 10/21/14

8 Apr 1995: Julio Cesar Chavez and Giovanni Parisi throw punches at each other. Chavez won the fight in the 12th round. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein /Allsport

It is a new age and it was a new Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-0-1, 31 KOs) that defended his WBC Middleweight crown last Saturday night in the border town of El Paso Texas. After a small delay by the champion Chavez, both fighters made a grand entrance by arriving in Limousines, that is separately. Yes that was very clever, but it was just a little over the top. Nevertheless, it added a little amusement and something fun for the many Chavez and Lee spectators that saw a good night of boxing.

This time Chavez had no problems making the weight and he came into the ring in great shape, just as his opponent, Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs) had done. Yet there was still speculation about the young Chavez as to if he was ready to take on the primed Irishman Lee. The questions surrounding Chavez had to do with the caliber of fighter he was taking on. He had never fought a taller, ring savvy, hard puncher like Lee and it appeared that he may have bitten off more than he could chew.

But Saturday night he proved he was ready for the big boys (no pun intended), and he put on a great show of boxing skills for all of the world to see. In the first and second round, Lee used his height and long jab to make it clear that he came to fight, as Chavez tried in vain to get in close. Lee was able to use his jab and get in a good left hand to the head of Chavez in the first round and toward the end of the round Chavez landed a hard left to the head of Lee. Lee came in with a great game plan under his trainer, the great Emanuel Steward, and HBO Harold Lederman actually had Lee ahead 2-0 at the end of the second round. But even though Lee had won the first two rounds, you could begin to see what was coming ahead as Chavez landed some hard body punches at the end of the second round.

In the third round, Chavez began his march forward, something he did till the end of the fight. Chavez and Lee then began to trade hard punches in the middle of the ring and then Lee had Chavez on the ropes. Chavez then fought his way out and yelled at Lee to “Come On,” as the crowd began to get crazy. After the bell sounded, Roach was telling Chavez to “Be First” at the punch, and that is exactly what he did the rest of the fight.

Before the beginning of the fourth round, Emanuel Steward was telling Lee that Chavez was getting tired, but that was not the case. Chavez was just getting started, and he appeared to have no fear in his eyes. As the round began, Chavez continued to press Lee and land punches, then Lee caught Chavez with a sharp uppercut, as Steward could be heard in the background saying “he’s getting tired.” Good coaching, but again Chavez didn’t appear to be tired at all. Chavez then landed his own uppercut and battered Lee in the corner with lefts and then hard right hands to the body.

Throughout the fifth and sixth rounds you could see that the punches Chavez was throwing were the same ones that his famous father did in his career. His punches were strong and his body punches reminded me of his Father, the great Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6, 86KO‘s). Chavez then began to use his left jab to the head to set up the hard right hand body punches that eventually began to takes it’s toll on the Irishman Lee.

Finally, in the seventh round, Chavez began to connect with both hands to the head and body of the taller Lee who could only cover up. Lee withstood the punches as Chavez began to pound him on the ropes. Chavez then backed Lee up in the corner and he landed a barrage of punches as referee Cole watched closely. After Chavez was landing punch after punch on Lee and then landed a vicious right that snapped Lee’s head back, the fight was stopped. If the new Chavez can come to the ring in the kind of shape and sharpness he did on Saturday night, he will be a fighter to be reckoned with. Hopefully he will continue to take on better and better opponents and then fight Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KO’s), former WBC middleweight champion and current WBC Diamond middleweight champion. If he can beat him, then he will be the other superstar of Mexico, and that is Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (40-0, 29KO’s).


It was a short night of work for Dallas’ own Roberto Marroquin (22-1, 15KOs), and a much shorter night for Arturo Santiago (7-5-1, 4 KOs). After putting Santiago on the canvas three times in the first round, Top Rank fighter Roberto Marroquin took him out by TKO in the second round. It looks like Roberto is back on another winning streak and hopefully towards a title some time very soon.

It is now four wins in a row for Alex Saucedo, a fighter fighting out of the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas. Saturday, this welterweight defeated James Harrison (1-1) by unanimous decision. Dallas only expects good things to hear from this young fighter in the future, and that’s another win for Maple Avenue Boxing.

It was a tough night for Fort Worth’s Arthur Trevino (7-8, 4KO’s) who fought a gallant fight against Casey Ramos (16-0, 5KO’s). Trevino was not able to outmatch the undefeated Ramos this night, but he always leaves it all in the ring. Fort Worth fight fans are always are behind him and they know he will bounce back to the winning ways in the near future.

All photos © Stacey Verbeek


Ray Farmer addresses Johnny Manziel’s partying, future

Will Florida State light up a shorthanded Oregon secondary?

Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play this weekend

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin fires pool boy on Twitter

Rodney Harrison: J.J. Watt best player in NFL, should be MVP

Giants confirm Coughlin will return in 2015


Nick Foles says he expects to be Eagles QB next season

Process of Bears hiring Marc Trestman was a mess

Cardale Jones still amazed to be on ESPN

Aaron Rodgers has a 'lucky' beard

Eric Mangini to interview for Raiders job

Report: Jim Harbaugh to make about $5M/year at Michigan

Report: Glare may force NHL to push back start of Winter Classic

Shawn Marion, The Matrix and the small forward evolution

Steelers sign RB Ben Tate with Le’Veon Bell’s status unclear

10 bold sports media predictions for 2015

Kelly Hall: Stafford got stepped on, no one cared

Top head coaching candidates to fill open NFL jobs

Report: James could leave Cavs again if hand is forced

WATCH: Johnny Manziel wishes LeBron James a happy birthday

Megacast back for College Football Playoff Championship

The best of the remaining MLB free agents

New York Post wants Nick Saban to coach Jets

'Suh-nami' damaging Detroit's playoff hopes

Boxing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Shawn Marion, The Matrix and the small forward evolution

10 sports media predictions for 2015

Rodney Harrison: Watt should be MVP

Top candidates to fill open NFL jobs

The 14 'Wonder Women' athletes of 2014

Manziel wishes LeBron happy b-day

Best remaining MLB free agents

New Year's resolutions for ten NFL players

Derrick Rose: Bulls can win NBA title

'Suh-nami' hurts Lions' playoff hopes

Jim Harbaugh by the numbers

Ranking the vacant head coaching jobs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.