Despite threats, El Paso residents attend match
Saturday, June 16, 2012
EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement agents, airport security-style pat-downs and helicopters are in place at the Sun Bowl to make sure Saturday's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee boxing match goes off without a hitch.
Authorities in this West Texas town are trying to prove that it was a good idea to keep the fight in El Paso, after University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa briefly canceled it in April.
A federal intelligence report had said Mexican drug cartel members might attend the fight.
The cartels have waged a bloody war across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for control of drug smuggling routes.
Armando Losoya was trying to get cheap tickets Saturday.
"I haven't seen something like this, and I've worked for 35 years at UTEP," he said.