Posted: 6/11/2012 4:48:48 PM
Andy Lee confident he’ll beat Julio Chavez Jr.
Andy ‘Irish’ Lee (28-1, 20KO’s) is a fighter on a mission as he
prepares to challenge unbeaten middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez
Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) for his WBC championship green belt on June 16 at
the outdoor Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas. The tall 6’2 Kronk fighter
has just completed a 10 week training camp in preparation for his world
title bout and is looking in great condition and extremely sharp in
sparring. Lee has been trading punches at the Detroit Kronk Gym with
aggressive sparring partners such as Mike Jimenez, Adonis Stevenson,
Edwin Rodriguez, Don George and Brian Vera.
Lee presently ranked WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC #3 is in the best shape
of his life and is in a positive and confident mood with only two things
on his mind going into this fight; winning and winning impressively. He
believes he has the boxing skills and power to beat Chavez Jr. and is
very focused on the job he has to do.
Lee’s legendary manager and trainer, Emanuel Steward, commented,
“Preparations for the fight could not have been any better; Andy is a
very disciplined and determined fighter and he is physically and
mentally prepared for the biggest fight of his career to date.
“We have prepared for every possible scenario in the fight against a
young, strong and resolute undefeated champion. However Chavez Jr. has
never fought a fighter like Andy Lee and the champion is going to
realize that on fight night.
“Atthe age of 28, Andy is in the prime of his life. He is a big
middleweight, a southpaw, has vast experience, as an amateur and
professional, can box on the outside and fight at close quarters and has
the power to take a fighter out with either hand.
“Andy’s time has arrived, he has trained his entire life for this
moment and he is now ready to become the new WBC middleweight champion.
Andy is a fighter on a mission and with the frame of mind he has had in
the gym during camp I believe he can knock Chavez Jr. out.”
Assistant Kronk coaches Javan “Sugar” Hill and Roger Lee have been
supporting Emanuel Steward prepare Lee for the fight and there is a
great team spirit and camaraderie in the camp.
The Irishman realizes he will be fighting Chavez Jr. in front of a
strong Mexican partisan crowd in El Paso, estimated to be over 40,000,
next door to Mexico. But he also realizes that there will only be two
fighters in the ring and when Lee unleashes one of his strong,
devastating right hooks or straight left power shots, the whole of
Mexico will not be able to help the champion.
Team Lee believes Chavez Jr. has all the stress and pressure of the
world on his shoulders coming into the fight. In recent fights, the
champion has struggled to make weight and in this fight he has to step
up in class to box a strong rangy southpaw for the first time.
Furthermore, Lee is taller than Chavez Jr. and the champion will not be
able to utilize his height and weight advantages that he used in title
defenses with fighters like Rubio and Manfredo Jr.
Lee is no stranger to fighting away from home with only seven of his
29 fights taking place in Ireland. He has established himself as an
Irish Kronk fighter in America from his pro debut at the Joe Louis
Arena, Detroit on March 10, 2006.
Lee is a fighter that came to the United States with a strong amateur
pedigree, becoming a 2004 Athens Olympian and 2002 World Junior Silver
Medalist. He travelled the world as an amateur to compete in numerous
multi-nation tournaments and championships.
The Irishman has learned his trade from mentor Emanuel Steward at the
world renowned Detroit Kronk Gym and at the training camps of world
champions such as Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and Jermain Taylor.
He has fought in major events on HBO Boxing, headlined his own shows in
Ireland and in the United States.
The last six years have been a valuable education that has molded
Andy Lee as a fighter and added many strings to his bow. With 29 fights
under his belt and ranked in the top three of the four main sanctioning
bodies, the Irishman has never been more ready to challenge for a world
A relaxed and confident Lee speaking after a tough training session
commented, “I relish this opportunity to fight for and win the WBC
middleweight title; I have never been more ready to win the title. I am
totally focused on the fight and I’m ready to care of business come
“I am not going to El Paso to make up the numbers on the card;
believe me this is the pinnacle of a lifetime’s work and the opportunity
is not going to pass me by. I’m going to win the title.
“Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been a proud champion and has kept
himself busy in the last 12 months since winning the title, but I will
be too strong and have too much ring craft for him. I will be the
fighter who will leaving town as the new champion, this is my date with