Ireland's Andy Lee failed in his bid to become a world
middleweight champion in El Paso on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old southpaw, who fights out of Emmanuel Steward's
Kronk stable in Detroit, was stopped in seven rounds by WBC
beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
The Mexican champion, son of the legendary three weight
champion, was hampered with leg cramps throughout the action but
still proved too much for Lee.
Both combatants landed some heavy leather in the fourth round,
but Chavez took charge in the fifth when he hurt Lee with a
succession of blows to the torso.
Lee attempted to battle back in the seventh but more unanswered
shots brought about the intervention of referee Laurence Cole.
"I would have knocked him out earlier if it wasn't for my legs,"
"From the first round my legs were bothering me. It was cramps.
That's why I was standing up so straight. But I got the
Lee said: "My punches had no effect on him. He just walked
through them. No excuses. He's a good fighter."