Lee can’t beat Chavez JR on Top Rank Texas Card says Martinez Coach
By Jonny Stapleton
Andy Lee will get burnt when he takes on Julio Cesar Chavez jr in the Sun Bowl on June 16 regardless of how well he performs, according to pound for pound number 3 Sergio Martinez’s manager Pablo Sarmiento.
The winner of the eagerly anticipated WBC world title fight has a date with Martinez in September, but Sarmiento doesn’t think the Argentine will get a chance to fight either.
The Oxnard based trainer can’t see a way for the Irish middleweight to win and thinks the Mexican will continue to run scared when he retains his strap.
Sarmiento’s doesn’t dismiss the Limerick fighter chances for talent reasons, but believes travelling to fight Chavez Jr in Texas is like travelling to Germany, you need a knock out to get a draw.
Martinez’s main corner man feels the pair are evenly matched but said Lee will have to overcome more than the son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez to claim the world title he craves. Indeed Sarmiento claims a winning Lee display won’t prevent Chavez Jr’s hand being raised on next month.
“This is going to be a tough bout between two evenly matched fighters,” explains the Oxnard, CA, based trainer. “The styles of both men should make for an entertaining fight. Lee has good power and is a southpaw. This will probably be Chavez’s toughest fight so far.” “Andy Lee is a good fighter, but Top Rank chose him as Chavez Jr’s opponent for a reason. They’re not bringing him in to win. I don’t think Lee can knock out Chavez and I don’t see him winning a decision on Top Rank’s card. Even if he does beat up Chavez, he won’t get the decision.”