Unbeaten Chavez Jnr defeats Ireland’s Andy Lee

Updated: June 17, 2012

Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr retained his WBC title after beating Ireland’s Andy Lee on Saturday in El Paso, Texas.

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Chavez, 26, was making his third defense of his title, and has now won 46 fights and drawn one out of 47.

2004 Olympian Lee, 28, is now 28-2 and saw his four-year, 13-fight win streak broken in his first world title fight.

Chavez and Lee exchanged flurries of hard punches in the fourth round and Chavez stung the Irishman with body blows in the fifth, Lee unafraid to take the power punches of the champion but taking the worse of the punishment.

Lee tried in vain to make Chavez chase him around the ring.

Late in the seventh round, Chavez unleashed a flurry of punches to the head and body that left Lee doubled over with his back against the ring. The Mexican continued the pounding until the referee stepped between them to end the bout.

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