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Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherwt Title – Dwight Pratchett Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Thru 4 Rnds

Julio César Chávez (born July 12, 1962) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005….while becoming one of the greatest boxers of all time….a true legend of boxing…..who without question is the best Mexican boxer of all time along with Salvador Sanchez.

A  multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions, Chávez was listed by The Ring magazine as the world’s best boxer, pound for pound, from 1990 to 1993.  During his career he held the WBC super featherweight title from 1984 to 1987….the WBA and WBC lightweight titles between 1987 and 1989….the WBC light welterweight title twice between 1989 and 1996….and the IBF light welterweight title from 1990 to 1991. He also held the Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles from 1988 to 1989….and the lineal light welterweight title twice between 1990 and 1996.  Julio Cezar Chávez was named Fighter of the Year for 1987 and 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring respectively.

Chávez holds records for the most total successful defenses of world titles with 27….which is shared with Omar Narváez….most title fight victories and fighters beaten for the title, with both at 31….and the most title fights with 37….plus, he has the second most title defenses won by knockout with 21, while following after Joe Louis with 23.  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.  Chávez’s 1993 win over Greg Haugen at the Estadio Azteca set the record for the largest attendance for a boxing match with 132,274….which is evidence of his incredible popularity in Mexico.

He is ranked as the 17th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec…. while being # 24 on ESPN’s list of “50 Greatest Boxers of All Time”….and 18th on The Ring’s “80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years“.  In 2010 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.  

Dwight Pratchett was as professional super featherweight boxer from Gary, Indiana….who fought from 1983 to 1987….while compiling a career record of 16 wins with 6 by KO and 9 losses….during which time he held the NABF super welterweight title from 1985 to 1987….while going the distance against boxing legend Julio Cezar Chavez in this 1985 WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight seen in this video herewith.  Throughout Dwight Pratchett’s career, he went the distance with other champions like Jimmy Paul, Meldrick Taylor, Juan LaPorte, Mario Miranda and Jaime Garza….so, Pratchett was a tough kid.

 

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