Lee’s Promoter DiBella calls for fairness in Texas
By Jonny Stapleton
ANDY Lee’s promoter Lou DiBella called for fairness in the Limerick’s man world title fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, which takes place in El Paso Texas this Saturday night.
It had been accepted that the Limerick fighter would have to take matters into his own hands and stop the Mexican if he was prise the WBC belt from around the waist of the champion.
The undefeated son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez has been well protected throughout his career and even holds a suspect win over Irish warrior Oisin Fagan. Indeed the 24 year old is deemed all but invincible in the Mexican hot belt that is El Paso Texas, not because he is sensationally talented but because of potentially favourable judging.
Lee’s out spoken promoter DiBella is aware of a potential miscarriage of justice called for the 2004 Irish Olympian to get a fair trail if the fight does go before judges.
“In recent times, the sport of boxing has been plagued by inexplicable decisions, questionable judging and the appearance of possible impropriety. The greatest hope of Team Lee and DBE is that the fighter who truly wins on Saturday night gets his just rewards and not simply the consolation of a public that knows the truth,” DiBella said.
“I fully believe that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shares this sentiment. We are confident that the athletic commission in Texas, the judges and the referee are fully aware and agree that the sport of boxing cannot take and does not deserve more unnecessary controversy.”
The New York based promoter, who also looks after the career of Matthew Macklin and Sergio Martinez, might have expressed his concern over a potential dodgy decision, but he remains confident Lee will become Ireland’s first world champion since Bernard Dunne.
“Andy Lee is both one of the finest gentlemen and most talented boxers in the sport. For both of these reasons, I am proud to be his promoter. Trained by the great Emanuel Steward, he will present Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with the stiffest test of his career, a test that we at DBE do not believe he will pass. On Saturday night, there will be a
new WBC middleweight champion of the world.”