Chavez bars Sanchez in sixth round

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Julio Cesar Chavez stopped Ray Sanchez in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round super welterweight fight on Saturday.

Updated: December 03, 2007 10:54 IST
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Julio Cesar Chavez looked every bit as good as his old man, stopping Ray Sanchez in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round super welterweight fight on Saturday.

"I wanted to feel his punches," Chavez said. "He's a good fighter."

Chavez (34-0-1, 27 KOs), the son of the heralded Mexican champion, notched the biggest win of his young career, driving Sanchez (20-2) into the ropes midway through the sixth and launching a flurry of shots to the head.

Sanchez dropped to his knees, then couldn't answer after the count at 1:33 of the round, sending Mexican fans into a frenzy in Sanchez's hometown arena.

The left-handed Sanchez was touted as the hardest puncher Chavez has faced.

"He does hit hard but I knew I was stronger than him," Chavez said.

With his father watching from a ringside seat, Chavez held his own and answered each shot.

It was a real punchout from the first bell, an entertaining show for 6,077 fans at Tingley Coliseum.

The fighters weren't afraid to go toe-to-toe from the start, trading jabs and each looking to set up a power punch. Each landed plenty of shots, but Chavez withstood the barrage and delivered his own.

"I thought I rocked him with a few good shots," Sanchez said. "Unfortunately, I was not on the side of a winning punch today."

When Chavez launched his final attack it was clear Sanchez was running low then had nothing left.

Sanchez built his reputation as an amateur and predicted before the bout that his experience would make a difference. But Chavez said his professional fights, along with sparring sessions with his dad, were good enough for him.

"To be honest, I'm at a different level," Chavez said. "You can season yourself as much as you want as an amateur, but pro fights matter."

The fight was billed as the toughest test for either boxer and a breakout opportunity that promised to lead to bigger bouts for the winner.

"It was a great fight," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. "It really lived up to our expectations and answered a lot of questions.

Julio demonstrated he can take a heck of a good punch and keep his composure. These are the kinds of fights he needs to develop into a great fighter."

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