Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may finally be ready to step in the ring with the undisputed best middleweight in the world Sergio Martinez, after he proved his undeniable talent with a stoppage victory over Andy Lee.
The Mexican has always had to live in the shadow of his famous father and has struggled to prove that he deserves recognition for his own impressive achievements.
Chavez is the WBC middleweight champions and against Lee on Saturday night in Texas he showed that he has serious power as each body blow visibly hurt his Irish opponent.
While Lee was ahead on the scorecards, it was clear that Chavez had the power to hurt Lee and eventually he ground down the former Olympian to retina his title and seal his 46th win as a professional
Lee trains with Martinez and he believes that the young Mexican fighter can prove dangerous for the powerful southpaw who beat Matthew Macklin in his last outing.
"It's a tough fight for Sergio just because of the size difference," Lee told Yahoo. "[Chavez] is better than people give him credit for. That's a hard fight for Sergio. He's a big fighter with a big heart and a good chin."
Martinez is 11-years Chavez's senior and has mixed it with some of the best fighters in the world and has not lost since 2009 when he was defeated by Paul Williams, a loss he quickly avenged with a brutal knockout the following year.
A provisional date of September 15 has been earmarked for the clash which will decide who is the undisputed middleweight king.