Lou Dibella Calls for Fairness in Texas
On Saturday, June 16, DiBella Entertainment-promoted middleweight contender “Irish” Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) will challenge Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1-1NC, 31 KOs), for the WBC middleweight championship, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. At today’s final press conference, promoter Lou DiBella expressed supreme confidence in his fighter, but also called for fairness, in light of all the recent controversies that have afflicted boxing over the past few months.
“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.
“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. 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.
“I want to thank Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions, HBO and, of course, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for this opportunity. See you all at the weigh-in.”