The Real Deal

By Chuck Johnson

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Andy Lee - Photo Credit: Will Hart

Aside from the legendary lineage and a world title belt, “Irish” Andy Lee was out to show Saturday night that rising middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had nothing over him.

Reality set in for the southpaw challenger when referee Laurence Cole stepped in to stop Chavez’s barrage of body and head shots at 2:21 of the seventh round, bringing an explosive end to the HBO-televised bout from the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tex., and adding substance to Chavez’s resume after dismantling the toughest opponent of his rising career.