DiBella wants fair shake in Texas

June, 13, 2012
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On Saturday, middleweight contender "Irish" Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) will battle Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1-1NC, 31 KOs), for the WBC middleweight championship at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. At Wednesday's final news conference, Lee's promoter, Lou DiBella -- in light of last Saturday's dubious decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley bout -- called for fairness to prevail in El Paso.

"In recent times, the sport of boxing has been plagued by inexplicable decisions, questionable judging and the appearance of possible impropriety," DiBella said. "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."
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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