We at Ima Sportsphile just love Mexican boxers…..as they always come to fight and can withstand a trememdous amount of punishment….while still possessing the ability to throw a knockout punch. Many fans of Mexican boxers consider Julio Cezar Chavez to be the best ever….albeit he avoided fighting some outstanding fighters in and around his weight class….such as Alexis Arguello, Roberto Duran, Wilfredo Gomez, Cornelious Boza-Edwards, Livingstone Bramble and Hector “Macho” Camacho (when he was young like Mayweather avoided Pacquaio),…so, sometimes we have a “hitch in our get along” when claiming Chavez as the greatest super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight fighter ever…but his record is undeniable.
Julio César Chávez González is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005…. who is considered by many boxing pundants as one of the greatest boxers of all time. Chávez is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions….and for several years was considered the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound. During his career he held the WBC super featherweight title from 1984 to 1987….the WBA lightweight title from 1987 to 1989….the WBC lightweight title from 1988 to 1989…. the WBC light welterweight title twice between 1989 and 1996….and the IBF light welterweight title from 1990 to 1991. Additionally, he held The Ring magazine lightweight title from 1988 to 1989….along with the lineal light welterweight title twice between 1990 and 1996. Chávez was named Fighter of the Year for 1987 and 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine respectively.
Chávez is tied with Omar Narvaez with the records for the most total successful defenses of world titles (27)….plus the most title fight victories (31)….and the most title fights (37)….as he has the second most title defenses won by knockout with 21 after Joe Louis with 23. He holds the longest undefeated streak in boxing history at 13 years. His fight record was 89 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw before his first professional loss to Frankie Randall in 1994….before which he had an 87-fight win streak until his draw with Pernell Whitaker in 1993. Also, Chávez’ 1993 win over Greg Haugen at the Estadio Azteca set the record for the largest attendance for a boxing match at 132,274 paid in attendance.
Chávez was known for his outstanding punching power….his devastating body attack and remarkably strong chin….and as a relentless stalking of his opponents. He ranks #24 on ESPN’s list of “50 Greatest Boxers of All Time”….and ranks #18 on Ring Magazine’s “80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years” In 2010 he was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.
In this September 21, 1985 WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight at the Riviera Casino in Winchester, NV….Julio Cezar Chavez entered the ring against Dwight Pratchett of the United States with a record of 48 – 0….and was a heavy favorite to defeat the American….who actually put up a very good fight that went the distance….which Chavez won by unanimous decision….but to this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile’s was of thinking….shows why we at Ima Sportsphile question just how great he really was.
However, any way you cut the pie….this HBO telecast of this fight featuring the outstanding boxing broadcast crew of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant….is well worth the watch by any and all boxing fans…..especially if you like Mexican fighters.