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L E’s Stories – “One Of The Two Best Mexican Boxers Of All Time (107 – 6 – 2, 86 KO’s, 87 Straight Victories)” – Salute To The Legend Of Julio “Cezar de Boxeo” Chavez

 

We are very proud to say that ImaSportsphile has a wonderful and extensive boxing video library that consists of 1500 boxing videos with 650 world championship title fights (full fights and highlights of title fights), 875 entire boxing matches, 275 boxing specials, 725 interviews with boxers (inside and outside the ring) and so much more…..as you can see a goodly portion of our entire boxing memorabilia and video collection which is listed in our “Memorabilia  and Video Libraries For Sale” section (click on our Buy Imasportsphile Memorabilia Click Here tab on our home page and scroll to the boxing memorabilia and video library for sale to view).  So, it has become my intention to post stories and videos that depict the life and boxing careers of those pugilists who we consider to be the best of the best …..and such a list would not be complete without a tribute to the legendary Mexican boxer, Julio Cezar Chavez.  The truth be known, I have always loved and appreciated Mexican boxers….cuz I have found them to not only be tough, even when they look all beat-up….as they typically are “muy valiente” (very brave) with big hearts…..and they keep coming at you, even when they have taken a lot of punches.  Simply put, they are relentless warriors….who fight with integrity and honor…..and they never quit…..and my favorites from my 50 years of being a big boxing fan include Eric “El Terrible” Morales, Ricardo “El Finito” Lopez, Juan “Dinamita” Marquez, Carlos Zarate, Ruben  “El Puas” Olivares, Salvador Sanchez and Julio “El Cesar de Boxeo” Chavez.  Today’s story and videos on the life and career of Julio “Cesar de Boxeo” Chaves proves that he was indeed at the top of Mexican boxers of all time…..as his 87 straight victories was truly amazing….albeit, for my dollar, Salvador Sanchez was the best….with Chaves a very close 2nd….but regardless, Julio Cesar Chavez more than deserves his place here at ImaSportsphile…..as the following will prove that to be.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Canana Productions Presents – Julio “Cesar de Boxeo” Chavez Documentary

 

 

 

Julio César Chávez González (born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio “César de Boxeo” Chávez Sr., is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005.  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…..and the IBF light welterweight title from 1990 to 1991…..plus, 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. Chávez was named Fighter of the Year for 1987 and 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring respectively.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Amolipi Productions Presents – “The Lifestyle and Story of Julio Cesar Chavez”                                         

 

 

Chávez currently (2022) holds records for the most total successful defenses of world titles (27, shared with Omar Narváez)…..along with the most title fight victories and fighters beaten for the title (both at 31)…..and the most title fights (37)…..plus, he has the second most title defenses won by knockout (21, after Joe Louis with 23).  His fight record was 89 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw before his 1st professional loss to Frankie Randall in 1994….and 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 an outdoor boxing match at 136,274.

 

 

 

Boxing – 2021 – La Entrevista con Yordi Rosado – “Julio Cesar Chavez, El Hombre Detrás de La Leyenda”                                         

 

 

He is ranked as the 17th best pound for pound boxer of all time by BoxRec……along with being ranked # 24 on ESPN’s list of “50 Greatest Boxers of All Time”…..and is 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.  

 

 

 

Boxing – 2021 – Rhythm Boxing Presents – “Julio Cesar Chavez: The Most FEARED Mexican Fighter In Boxing History”                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

Julio César Chávez was born on July 12, 1962, in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. His father, Rodolfo Chavez, worked for the railroad….and Julio grew up in an abandoned railroad car with his five sisters and four brothers…..as Chávez came from a poor family…..and became a boxer for money when he stated, “I saw my mom working, ironing, and washing people’s clothes, and I promised her I would give her a house someday, and she would never have that job again.”  He began boxing as an amateur at the age of 16…..then he  moved to Tijuana to pursue a professional career.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Special – “Julio César Chávez: La Historia Detrás del Mito” – Part 1                                         

 

 

Chávez made his professional debut at age 17…..then in his 12th fight, on March 4, 1980, Chávez faced Miguel Ruiz in Culiacán, Sinaloa…..and at the end of the 1st round, Chavez landed a blow that knocked Ruiz out…..which was delivered as the bell sounded…..when the blow was ruled to be a disqualification in the ring…..and Ruiz was declared the winner…..but the next day, however, his manager, Ramón Felix, consulted with the Mexican boxing commission…..and after further review, the result was overturned and Chávez was declared the winner.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Special – “Julio César Chávez: La Historia Detrás del Mito” – Part 2                                         

 

 

Chávez won his 1st championship, the vacant WBC Super Featherweight title, on September 13, 1984, by knocking out fellow Mexican Mario “Azabache” Martínez at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles…..as Martínez had been the betting favorite in the bout…..which was due partly to his previous victory over former WBC world champion Rolando Navarette in a non-title bout…..then on April 19, 1985, Chávez defended his title against # 1 ranked contender Ruben Castillo (63-4-2) by knocking him out in the 6th round….. then on July 7, 1985, Chavez defeated former and future champion Roger Mayweather via a 2nd-round knockout.  On August 3, 1986, Chavez won a twelve-round majority decision over former WBA and future IBF Super Featherweight champion Rocky Lockridge in Monte Carlo…..and in his next bout, he defeated former champion Juan Laporte by a twelve-round unanimous decision.  On March 18, 1987, he defeated # 1 ranked challenger Francisco Tomas Da Cruz (27-1-0) by 3rd-round knockout.  He successfully defended his WBC Super Featherweight title a total of nine times.                                         

 

 

 

Boxing – 1984 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Mario “Azabache” Martinez – Full Fight

 

 

 


 
Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Ruben Castillo – Full Fight – 

 

 

 

Boxing – 1985 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Roger Mayweather – Full Fight

 

 

 

Boxing – 1986 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Rocky Lockridge – Full Fight – Great Fight

 

 

 

Boxing – 1986 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Juan LaPorte – Full Fight – Tremendous Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 


Boxing – 1987 – WBC Super Featherweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Francisco Tomas da Cruz – Full Fight – (Commentary in French)

 

 

 

On November 21, 1987, Chávez moved up to the lightweight division and faced WBA Lightweight Champion Edwin Rosario. Prior to the bout, there were concerns about how Chávez would handle the move up in weight. Chávez commented, “Everything I’ve accomplished as champion, and the nine title defenses, would be thrown away with a loss to Rosario.” The two fighters nearly exchanged blows during a press conference after Rosario threatened to send Chávez back to Mexico in a coffin.  Chávez would ultimately give a career-defining performance as he defeated Rosario by an eleventh-round TKO to win the title…..as HBO Punchstat showed Rosario landing 263 of 731 punches thrown in the fight (36%) and Chavez 450 of 743 (61%).  After the bout, Sports Illustrated ran the headline, “Time To Hail César: WBA Lightweight Champion César Chávez of Mexico may be the world’s best fighter.”                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

Boxing – 1987 – WBA Lightweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Edwin Rosario – Full Fight

 

 

 

On April 16, 1988, Chávez defeated the # 1 ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar (20–0–1) by sixth-round technical knockout…..then on June 4, 1988, he won against former two-time champion Rafael “Bazooka” Limón by scoring a seventh-round TKO…..then later that year, he unified the WBA and WBC belts with a technical decision win over champion José Luis Ramírez…..when an accidental head-butt opened a cut on Ramírez’s forehead…..and the doctor halted the fight…..which sent the decision to the judges’ scorecards at that point in the fight…..and Chávez, ahead on all scorecards, was declared the winner.  He was also awarded The Ring Lightweight title after the victory. Chavez vacated his WBA and WBC Lightweight titles in order to move up to the super lightweight division.                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 Boxing – 1988 – WBA / WBC Lightweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Rodolfo Aguilar- Full Fight       

                   

 

 


 
Boxing – 1988 – WBA Lightweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Jose Luis Ramirez- Full Fight

 

 

 

In his next bout, he won the WBC Light Welterweight title by defeating  Roger Mayweather for a 2nd time…..when Mayweather did not come out of his corner after the tenth round…..thus giving Chavez the TKO win.  In 1989, Chávez defeated future champion Sammy Fuentes by a tenth-round TKO….. then in his next bout, he handed Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes (44–0) his 1st career loss by scoring a 3rd-round knockout.                                                                    

 

 

 

Boxing – 1989 – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Roger Mayweather – 2nd Fight – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

Boxing – 1989 – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Sammy Fuentes – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Boxing – 1989 – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes – Full Fight

 

 

 

On March 17, 1990, Chavez faced Meldrick Taylor…..who was the undefeated IBF Light Welterweight Champion, in a title unification fight.  While Taylor carried the fight to Chavez through the first 8 rounds, Chaves rallied in the last four rounds…..then with about 30 seconds left in the fight, he landed a hard straight right hand on the chin of Taylor….which hurt him badly…..then shortly thereafter, he knocked the former Olympic gold medalist down…..an albeit Taylor rose at the referee’s count of 6, he failed to respond coherently to referee Richard Steele’s questions after being issued a mandatory 8 count …..while continuing to hold onto the ropes in the corner….which resulted in Steele stopping the fight with only 2 seconds remaining in the title fight.  Many boxing fans and members of the media were outraged that Steele would stop a match that Taylor was winning with only 2 seconds left…..while others felt that Steele was justified in stopping the fight given Taylor’s condition…..and the fact that he was unable to respond to Steele before the conclusion of the match.  Steele defended his decision by saying that his concern was in protecting the fighter, regardless of how much time is left in the round or the fight.  As Steele put it, “I stopped it because Meldrick had taken a lot of good hard shots…..and it was time for it to stop.  You know, I’m not the timekeeper, and I don’t care about the time.  When I see a man that has had enough, I’m stopping the fight.”  The Ring named this fight The Fight of the Year” for 1990…..and later it was named “The Fight of the Decade” for the 1990’s.  While many hoped for an immediate rematch, Taylor opted to move up in weight in his next bout….and the fighters did not meet again until 1994…..when Chavez dominated and knocked out a faded Taylor in eight rounds.                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 Boxing – 1990 – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor – Full Fight – (Spanish Commentary)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Boxing – 1990 – HBO Boxing Presents – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor – Full Fight – (English Commentary)

 

 

 

Boxing – 1990 – HBO Boxing Highlights – WBA Light Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick “TNT” Taylor

 

 

 

 Boxing – 1990 – Special “Fight of the Decade” Highlights – Julio Cesar Chavez vs Meldrick Taylor

 

 

 

Boxing – 1990 – TheFightFanForever Special – “Knockouts That Ruined Careers: Chavez vs Taylor”
 

 

 

After unifying the titles, Chávez engaged in a busy series of title defenses and non-title fights…..when on December 8, 1990, he defeated the WBC mandatory challenger Kyung-Duk Ahn (29-1) by a 3rd-round knockout….. then on March 18, 1991, he defeated WBC # 4 ranked fighter John Duplessis (34-1) by a 4th-round TKO…..which was followed on September 14, 1991, when Chávez won a 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Lonnie Smith…..plus, on April 10, 1992, he scored a TKO victory over # 1 ranked contender Angel Hernandez (37-0-2, 22 KOs) in the 5th round…..and later that year, he defeated Frankie Mitchell (29-1) by 4th-round TKO.                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

 

Boxing – 1990 – HBO Boxiing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – # 1 Contender Kyung-Duk Ahn Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 


 
Boxing – 1991 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – John Duplessis Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

                                                                                                                                         

Boxing – 1991 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Lonnie Smith Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Boxing – 1992 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Angel Hernandez Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Boxing – 1992 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Frankie Mitchell Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight

 

 

 

On September 12, 1992, Chávez faced WBO Light Welterweight Champion Hector “Macho” Camacho(41 – 1, 18 KO’s) in a highly anticipated bout…..in which Chavez dominated in route to a unanimous decision victory …..with the final scorecard showing 117 – 111, 119 – 110 and 120 – 107 for Chavez.  After the fight, his arrival to Mexico, the Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortaris ent the special car reserved for the Pope to take Chavez from the airport to the President’s house.                                                                                               

 

 

 

Boxing – 1992 – Don King Productions Presents – WBO Light Welterweight Championship Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez Vs Hector “Macho” Camacho – Full Fight                                                                                                          

 

 


 
Boxing – 1992 – Special Round By Round Highlights – WBO Light Welterweight Championship Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez Vs Hector “Macho” Camacho                                                                                                                        

 

 

His 1993 fight with Greg Haugen featured trash talk from Haugen…..who derided Chavez’s 82-fight unbeaten streak as consisting of mostly “Tijuana taxi drivers that my mother could have knocked out”…..and insisting that “There aren’t 130,000 Mexicans who can afford tickets” to see the fight in Estadio Azteca…..as Chavez responded by saying, “I really hate him bad.  When he looks at me, I want to vomit.  I am going to give him the worst beating of his life; I am going to make him swallow the words that came out of his dirty mouth.”  Ultimately, 136,274 Mexican fight fans showed up to set a world record for outdoor fight attendance…..as the watched Chavez drop Haugen quickly…..and the back off with the apparent intention of punishing him for his prefight remarks…..however, the referee had seen enough by the 5th round…..and stopped the fight for a 5th round TKO victory for Chavez.  After the fight, Chavez commented to Haugen, “Now you know I don’t fight with taxi drivers,”…..and a bloodied Haugen responded, “They must have been tough taxi drivers.”  Later that year, Chavez scored a 6th round TKO victory over # 1 ranked contender Terrence Alli.

Boxing – 1993 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Greg Haugen Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight

Boxing – 1993 – Special – “El Dia Que Chavez Le Cerro La Boca A Su Rival A Chingasos Greg Haugen”

Boxing – 1992 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Frankie Mitchell Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight

After a division-record 18 consecutive defenses of his light welterweight title, Chávez (87–0) moved up one more weight division to challenge Pernell Whitaker (32–1) for his WBC Welterweight title in September 1993.  Since the late 1980’s, Chávez stated several times that he wanted a fight against Whitaker…..however, the Whitaker team, among them Lou Duva, told The Ring that they did not want a fight against Chavez in those days…..for in the eyes of many fight experts, Whitaker waited for Chávez to age.  The result of the fight was a controversial majority draw…..which allowed Chávez to remain undefeated…..while Whitaker retained his title.  Various members of the American media, including The Ring and Sports Illustrated, were critical of the decision…..while Sports Illustrated put Pernell Whitaker on the cover of its next magazine with a one word title, “Robbed!”  Chávez stated after the fight: “I felt I was forcing the fight … he just kept holding me too much, he was throwing too many low blows too.”  There was no rematch.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1993 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC Welterweight Championship Title Fight – Julio Cezar Chavez Vs Pernell Whitaker – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

Boxing – 1993 – Special Round By Round Highlights – WBC Welterweight Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez Vs Pernell Whitaker                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

Chavez continued defending his Light Welterweight title…..and on December 18, 1993, he defeated British Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion Andy Holligan (21–0–0) by a 5th-round TKO. …..then Chávez faced Frankie Randall on January 29, 1994, in a fight that most expected him to win easily ……but instead, Randall knocked him down for the 1st time in his career….. and went on to win a split decision…..as Chávez lost the title to Randall. Chávez blamed his loss on referee Richard Steele…..who deducted two points from Chávez for low blows….which affected the difference on the scorecards. The WBC ordered an immediate rematch and Chávez regained the title on a split technical decision in May 1994.  The fight was fiercely contested when they collided heads, opening a large cut over Chávez’s eyebrow in the 7th round. After the head cut, during round eight, the referee called for the doctor, who then stopped the fight…..and under WBC rules, Randall lost one point, giving Chávez the technical victory.  The two faced one another in a rubber match 10 years later, which Chávez won.                                                             

 

 

 

Boxing – 1993 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Andy Holligan Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight

 

 

 

Boxing – 1994 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Frankie Randell Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Boxing – 1994 – Special Highlights – Julio Cesar Chavez 1st Loss Of His Career (88 – 0 – 1) Verses # 1 Super Lightweight Challenger Frankie Randell

 

 

 

Chavez then faced Meldrick Taylor in a rematch, four years after their historic 1st fight…..when Chavez defeated him in the 8th round by a knockout that sent Taylor from one side of the ring to the other…..when in his next bout, Chavez defeated three-time champion Tony Lopez…..then in 1995, he defeated former and future Light Welterweight Champion Giovanni Parisi….. and later that year, he defended his title against # 1 ranked challenger David Kamau, despite suffering a cut in the opening round.  Prior to the bout, Chavez indicated that he was considering retirement: “I’ve had a lot of problems with my arms, with my knees. I really don’t want to extend myself much longer”, Chávez said. “After so many years of working out, it all builds up. I am not giving what I used to be able to give. I will fight De La Hoya for a lot of money, and then retire.”                                                                                                          

 

 

 

Boxing – 1994 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Meldrick Taylor Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – 2nd Fight – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

Boxing – 1994 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Tony Lopez Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight

 

 

 

Boxing – 1995 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Giovanni Parisi Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight 

 

 

 

Boxing – 1995 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – # 1 Contender David Kamau Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight 

 

 

 

On June 7, 1996, Chávez faced Oscar De La Hoya…..when a large gash appeared over the left eye of Chavez within the 1st minute of the 1st round…..which led many to assume what Chavez later confirmed, that the cut occurred earlier in training…..and was re-opened early in the bout….as heavy blood flow prompted the ring doctor to stop the fight in the 4th round.  Until their eventual rematch in 1998, Chavez would always state the De La Hoya did not defeat him, but that a gash that he had suffered in training was the real cause of the stoppage of the fight. In his next bout, Chavez defeated former champion Joey Gamache in his 100th career bout. .                                                                    

 

 

 

Boxing – 1996 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Oscar de la Hoya Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight 

 

 

 

De La Hoya moved up to welterweight in 1997…..and that is when Chávez fought Miguel Ángel González for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title…. which ended in a draw.  In a rematch with De La Hoya for the WBC Welterweight belt in September 1998, De La Hoya won by 8th-round TKO. About De La Hoya, Chávez stated years after, “I have nothing against him, even though he beat me twice. I have no resentment towards him… De La Hoya was younger than me during our fight, and I was on my way out of boxing. If Oscar didn’t fight me, he would not have been anything in boxing.” Chavez spoke about his sparring session with De La Hoya six years before their 1st fight and stated: “I sparred with him and dropped him in the second round with a right hand. De la Hoya was a kid… that day after training he stayed and we went out to dinner, I gave him some $300-$400 from my pocket to help him out.”                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

Boxing – 1997 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBC/IBF Super Lightweight Title Fight – Miguel Ángel González Vs Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight 

 

 

 

Boxing – 1998 – HBO Boxing Presents – WBC Welterweight Championship Title Fight – Julio Cesar Chavez Vs Oscar de la Hoya – 2nd Fight – Full Fight

 

 

 

Chavez won his 1st two bouts in 1999 before losing to then 32-year-old Willy Wise via a 10-round unanimous decision…..then in 2000, at the age of 38, Chavez challenged Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu…..which he lost via a 6th round TKO…..when after a victory over Terry Thomas in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico…..that is when Chavez retired…..however, on November 24,2003, he came out of retirement to avenge his earlier loss to Willy Wise…..wherein he KO’d Wise in the 2nd round in Tijuana, Mexico.  In April 2004, Chavez went back into the ring, for what he again claimed would be his las appearance in a fight nicknamed “Adios Mexico, Gracias…..when he beat his former conqueror, Frankie Randall, by a 10-round decision…..but once again in May 2005, he once again stepped back into the boxing ring to outpoint Ivan Robinson in a ten round match at the Staples Center, in a fight that was televised Showtime Championship Boxing and on September 17, 2005, at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Chavez suffered a TKO loss to until then little-known Grover Wiley in the 115th bout of his career….. while retiring in his corner before the start of the 5th round…..which was after he injured his right hand…..when after the bout, Chavez told his promoter Bob Arum that this time he was definitely retiring from boxing.  His defeat was avenged two years later by his son, Julio César Chávez, Jr…..who knocked out Wiley in the 3rd round of their fight.                                             

 

 

 

Boxing – 1999 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBA/IBC Super Lightweight Championship Title Fight – Willy Wise Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – 1st Fight – Full Fight 

   

 

 

Boxing – 2000 – Showtime Boxing Presents – WBA/IBC Super Lightweight Championship Title Fight – Kostya Tszyu Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – 1st Fight – Full Fight                                                                                             

   
                                                                                                           

 

Boxing – 2001 – Showtime Boxing Presents – Super Lightweight Bout – Terry Thomas Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight 

 

 

 

Boxing – 2003 – Showtime Boxing Presents – Super Lightweight Bout – Willy Wise Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – 2nd Fight – Full Fight 

                                                                                                                                    

 

 

Boxing – 2004 – Showtime Boxing Presents – Super Lightweight Bout – Frankie Randall Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – 2nd Fight – Full Fight

 

 

 

Boxing – 2005 – Showtime Boxing Presents – Super Lightweight Bout – Ivan Robinson Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Boxing – 2005 – Box International Presents – Super Lightweight Bout – Grover Wiley Vs. Julio Cesar Chavez – Full Fight – Chavez Last Fight                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Chávez has fought multiple exhibition bouts for charitable causes…..when on January 1, 1985, Chavez scored a 3rd-round technical knockout over Manny Hernandez in an exhibition bout staged in Mexico City, Mexico to garner money for the victims of a 1984 gas explosion in Mexico…..then late in 2014, Julio César Chávez returned to the ring for an exhibition with Vicente Sagrestano in a bout aimed at collecting toys for poor children.                                         

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Jehu Media Boxing Special – “Top 20 Julio Cezar Chavez Career Knockouts”

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – The Modern Martial Artist Presents – “Julio Cesar Chavez’s Aggressive Pressure Style & Head Movement Explained – Technique Breakdown”

 

 

He and former rival Mario Martinez, against whom he earned his first world championship in 1984, faced each other again on July 3, 2015, in an event to benefit Chavez’s two drug rehabilitation clinics.  During the late part of his career, Chávez struggled with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. He stated that he started drinking the night after his fight against Edwin Rosario. He later developed a cocaine habit. Chávez got into rehab several times until he recovered.                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – MACHIN22 Special – “Julio Cesar Chavez: Peleando Enojado”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Reven el Economista Special – “Julio Cesar Chavez: El Mexicano Que Noqueo a Todos”

 

 

 

Chávez is the father of Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr.  He works as an analyst for ESPN and TV Azteca, and spends his time between Mexico and the United States, where he owns businesses and properties.

 

 

 

 Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Golpes de Poder Special – “Julio Cesar Chavez: El Gran Campeon”

 

 

 

Chávez won six world titles in three weight divisions…..with the WBC Super Featherweight in 1984…..the WBA Lightweight in 1987…..the WBC Lightweight in 1988…..the WBC Light Welterweight in 1989…..the IBF Light Welterweight in 1990…..and the WBC Light Welterweight in 1994, for the 2nd time…..plus, he was also awarded The Ring Lightweight Championship in 1988.  World champions whom Chávez defeated include Jose Luis Ramírez,  Rafael Limón, Rocky Lockridge, Meldrick Taylor, Roger Mayweather, Lonnie Smith, Sammy Fuentes, Héctor “Macho” Camacho, Juan Laporte, Edwin Rosario, Greg Haugen, Tony López, Giovanni Parisi, Joey Gamache and Frankie Randall, who had taken the WBC Light Welterweight belt from Chávez just four months earlier.  He also lost to three world champions to include Frankie Randall, Oscar De La Hoya and Kostya Tszyu…..while being  held to a draw by two others with Pernell Whitaker and Miguel Ángel González.

 

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – V Top 10 Brutal Knockouts Special – “10 Julio Cesar Chavez Greatest Knockouts”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Mr. X Boxing Special – “Julio Cesar Chavez Career Highlights”

 

 

Chávez retired in his 25th year as a professional boxer with a record of 107 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws, with 86 knockouts…..and is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.  He holds records for most successful consecutive defenses of world titles at 27…..most title fights at 37…..most title-fight victories at 31…..and he is 2nd after Joe Louis with 23, for most title defenses won by knockout at 21…..while his record was 89-0-1 going into his 1st loss to Frankie Randall…..and had an 87 fight win streak until his draw with Whitaker.  He was ranked # 50 on Ring Magazine’s list of “100 greatest punchers of all time”.  As an in-fighter or “swarmer,” Julio César Chávez was renowned specially for his devastating left hook and his extremely strong chin.  Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, stated that Chávez was one of the greatest fighters of his generation…..and top five of all time from his point of view…..and trainer Angelo Dundee said that Chávez had one of the strongest chins in boxing history.  In 2002, The Ring ranked Chávez as the 18th greatest fighter of the last 80 years.  On December 7, 2010,Julio Cezar Chavez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

 

 

 

 Boxing – 2015 – Showtime / HBO Boxing Special – “Top 15 Greatest Julio Cesar Chavez Fights Highlights”                                                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

Boxing – 1980 T0 2005 – Special – “Julio Cesar Chávez: El Gran Campeón”

 

 

 

I have been a boxing fan for the better part of 70 years…..during which time I have been really loved Mexican boxers…..cuz they always demonstrated tremendous technique, incredible toughness, great will and unsurpassed determination…..for as a fan, you always knew you would get to watch a really good fight whenever there was a live match on TV…..and in addition to all of that, my all time favorite Mexican boxer was Salvador Sanchez…..who won the Featherweight Title at age 18….while defending his title 10 times prior to his untimely death at age 21…..when he had amassed a professional record of 44 wins 1 loss and 1 draw.  Plus, I had always held that opinion of El Pulmones (Mr. Lungs) being the best Mexican boxer ever….while just edging out Julio “Cesar de Boxeo” Chavez for the top spot.  However, after posting this tribute to Chavez…..and viewing each and every video showcased herewith…..I have decided to actually flip-flop my opinion….. which is based on Chavez’s 87 straight victories with 80 KO’s.  The truth be known, Sanchez died way too young and long before his time…..but simply because of Chavez’s entire body of work….along with the evidence of his pugilistic skills, devastating left hand and hard rock chin as demonstrated in each of the videos that this tribute to the “Legend of Cesar de Boxeo”  presents, I just honestly had to flip-flop the two in my opinion….so Chavez is just a hair’s width better than Sanchez…..as the greatest Mexican boxer of all time.  However, like my all time favorite boxer, Muhammad Ali…..Julio Cesar Chavez did not know when to retire for good…..cuz he should have never come back after his 1998 defeat to Oscar De La Hoya…..for in the last 10 fights after De La Hoya, Chavez was a pedestrian 7 wins and 3 losses….which certainly did not mesh with the balance of his illustrious career.  I just don’t understand why the really great ones have to hang on to the ring for too long…..for it dilutes their greatness.  Regardless, Julio Cesar Chavez was something very special in the boxing ring…..who was in every regard a Legend, that certainly deserves his place here at ImaSportsphile.

 

Boxing – 1980 To 2005 – Special – “Julio Cesar Chavez:  Reflections of a Legend”

 

 

 

Boxing – 1964 To 2005 – Gutbox Special – “J.C. Chavez Biografia”
 

 

 

 

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