Originally posted on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 6/18/12
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight fighter, put on a brave performance in his WBC world title challenge against champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas. To his credit, Lee went to the champion’s backyard with 20,000 Mexican cheering for Chavez Jr. at the Sun Bowl Stadium a long way from Limerick, Ireland. He prepared meticulously for the fight and did everything that was asked of him to promote the match. He showed courage and heart and did his utmost and best in the fight. Lee was ahead of all 3 judges’ scorecards (58-54) at the end of the 6th round before the referee Laurence Cole intervened and stopped the fight 2.21 minutes into the 7th round after a sustained barrage of punches were inflicted on the Irishman by Chavez Jr. In the aftermath of the fight Emanuel Steward has expressed he is very concerned about whether the fight was a level playing field for both fighters to compete in. Chavez Jr. neglected to give a mandatory urine sample
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