The prizefight was briefly cancelled on April 26 after Chávez, Jr.’s girlfriend, Frida Muñoz, was linked to fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera (a.k.a. El Chapo) and law enforcement officials received intelligence that captains for two warring cartels planned on attending the fistfight.
Following some political wrangling, the bout, set to occur just across the border from one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, Ciudad Juarez, was revived.
The 26-year-old Chavez (45-0-1-1, 31 KOs), whose nickname is “The Legend Goes On” because he is the son of iconic prizefighter Julio Caesar Chavez, will be will be making the third defense of his crown when he throws fists with the 28-year-old Lee (28-1, 20 KOs).
Lee, a tough southpaw, has triumphed in 13 consecutive scraps.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.