Lee battling Martirosyan for right to face Chavez Jr

By Jonny Stapleton

Andy Lee is battling Vanes Martirosyan for the right to challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June.

Chavez was scheduled to put his belt on the line against Martin Murray this summer, but visa issues put paid to the English mans hopes of dethroning the protected WBC ring king.

The Mexican is rumoured to have agreed to fight recent Matthew Macklin defeater Sergio Martinez in September 15 but will have one fight in between.

Lee will be hoping to spoil the party and celebrate becoming world champion with the added bonus of securing a chance to beat the best middleweight in the world, Martinez.

However before he gets the chance to challenge Chavez in the ring he has to see off an out of ring challenger from Armenian Martirosyan.
The Limerick 2004 Olympian seems to be in pole seen as Martirosyan, who is California based, is Chavez gym and promotional stable mate.

Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. That Lee or Martirosyan are favourites to face Chavez in a bout that will take place at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX and will be televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

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