While not setting off an earthquake in the boxing world, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.'s TKO victory over Ireland's Andy Lee last night certainly caused a noticeable tremor. In the best win of his career, Chavez systematically broke down and crushed a highly regarded prospect. Lee proved courageous and went out on his feet, but make no mistake: the Irishman got beat. A lot of things in the middleweight division suddenly look very different in the wake of that stoppage win for JC Junior.
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: The Real Deal
At this point, I am forced to admit I carried a bias against Chavez, Jr. The Mexican middleweight rose to prominence on his illustrious father's name, and that coupled with the WBC stealing their title from Sergio Martinez and giving it to Chavez on a platter made him look like a paper champion. I have been slow in discarding that attitude, but no longer.
Beating Lee confirms Chavez as the #2 middleweight in the world. He would be ...