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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. retains title

Updated: June 17, 2012, 1:38 AM ET
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. recovered from a slow start he blamed on leg cramps and stopped Andy Lee at 2:21 of the seventh round Saturday night to retain the WBC middleweight title.

A right uppercut by Chavez snapped Lee's head upwards and sideways, and Chavez connected on a barrage of punches before referee Laurence Cole intervened and waved an end to the fight.

"I began by studying him," Chavez said. "I saw he had nothing, and I dove in."

Chavez (46-0-1, ...

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