Julio César Chávez, Sr.

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Julio César Chávez, Sr.
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Chávez in 2006
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Real name Julio César Chávez González
Nickname(s) J.C.
El César del Boxeo (The Caesar of Boxing)[1]
El Gran Campeón Mexicano (The Great Mexican Champion)[2]
Mr. KO
Rated at Super Featherweight
Lightweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 6 12 in (1.69 m)
Reach 66 12 in (169 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 52)
Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 115
Wins 107
Wins by KO 86
Losses 6
Draws 2
No contests 0

Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβes]; July 12, 1962) is a retired Mexican professional boxer. He is considered by many as the greatest fighter ever to come out of Mexico.[3]

Chávez is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions,[4] and for several years he was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.[5] In a career that spanned over 25 years, Chávez won the WBC Super Featherweight in 1984, WBA Lightweight in 1987, WBC Lightweight in 1988, WBC Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1990, and WBC Light Welterweight in 1994.

He holds records for most successful defenses of world titles (27), most title fight victories (31), most title fights (37), and he is after Joe Louis (with 23) for most title defenses won by knockout (21). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years. His record was 89-0-1 going into his first official loss to Frankie Randall and had an 87 fight win streak until his draw with Pernell Whitaker. Julio César Chávez was known for his outstanding punching power, devastating body attack, remarkably strong chin and his relentless stalking on the opponents.[4] He ranks #24 on ESPN's 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time.[6] On December 7, 2010, he was inducted in the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.[7][8] He is the father of prospect Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr.[9][10][11]

Early life[edit]

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. Chávez came from a poor family and became a boxer for money, 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."[12] He began boxing as an amateur at the age of 16 and he then moved to Tijuana to pursue a professional career.

Career[edit]

Chávez made his professional debut at age 17. In his 12th fight, on March 4, 1980, Chávez faced Miguel Ruiz in Culiacán, Sinaloa. At the end of the first round, Chavez landed a blow that knocked Ruiz out. Delivered as the bell sounded, the blow was ruled a disqualification in the ring and Ruiz was declared the winner. 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.

Chávez won his first 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, California. Martínez had been the betting favorite in the bout, due partly to his previous victory over former WBC world champion Rolando Navarette in a non-title bout. On April 19, 1985, Chávez defended his title against number one ranked contender Ruben Castillo (63-4-2) by knocking him out in the sixth round.[13] On July 7, 1985, Chavez defeated former and future champion Roger Mayweather via a second 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, Monaco. In his next bout, he defeated former champion Juan Laporte by a twelve round unanimous decision. On March 18, 1987, he defeated number one ranked challenger Francisco Tomas Da Cruz (27-1-0) by third round knockout.[14] He successfully defended his WBC Super Featherweight title a total of nine times.

Lightweight[edit]

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 against the hard punching Puerto Rican. 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. 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."[15][16]

On April 16, 1988, Chávez defeated number one ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar (20-0-1) by sixth round technical knockout.[17] On June 4, 1988, he won against former two-time champion Rafael Limón by scoring a seventh round TKO. Later that year, he unified the WBA and WBC belts by a technical decision win over champion José Luis Ramírez. An accidental head-butt opened a cut on Ramírez's forehead and the doctor halted the fight, sending the decision to the judges' scorecards at that point in the fight. Chávez, ahead on all scorecards, was declared the winner. He was also awarded the 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.

Light Welterweight[edit]

In his next bout, he won the WBC Light Welterweight title by defeating Roger Mayweather for a second time. Mayweather did not come out of his corner after the tenth round, giving Chavez the TKO win. In 1989, Chávez defeated future champion Sammy Fuentes by tenth round TKO. In his next bout, he handed Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes (44-0) his first career loss by scoring a third round knockout.

Chávez vs. Taylor[edit]

Taylor vs Chavez 1

On March 17, 1990, he faced Meldrick Taylor, the undefeated IBF Light Welterweight Champion, in a title unification fight. While Taylor carried the fight to Chavez through round 8, Julio rallied in the last four rounds. With about 30 seconds left in the 12th round, he landed a hard straight right hand on the chin of Taylor, which hurt him badly. Shortly thereafter, he knocked down the former olympian. Although Taylor rose at the referee's count of six, he failed to respond coherently to referee Richard Steele's questions and continued to hold onto the ropes in the corner, resulting in Steele stopping the fight with only two seconds remaining. Many boxing fans and members of the media were outraged that Steele would stop a match that Taylor was winning with only two 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 is protecting a fighter, regardless of how much time is left in the round or the fight. As Steele put it, "I stopped it because Meldrick had took a lot of good shots, a lot of 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."[18] The Ring named it the "Fight of the Year" for 1990 and later the "Fight of the Decade" for the 1990s. While many hoped for an immediate rematch, Taylor moved up in weight in his next bout and the fighters did not meet again until 1994, when Chávez dominated and knocked out a faded Taylor in eight rounds.

After unifying the titles, Chávez engaged in a busy series of title defenses and non-title fights. On December 8, 1990, he defeated the WBC mandatory challenger Kyung-Duk Ahn (29-1) by third round knockout. On March 18, 1991, he defeated WBC number four ranked fighter John Duplessis (34-1) by fourth round TKO. On September 14, 1991, Chávez won a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Lonnie Smith. On April 10, 1992, he scored a TKO victory over number one ranked contender Angel Hernandez (37-0-2, 22 KOs) in the fifth round. Later that year, he defeated Frankie Mitchell (29-1) by fourth round TKO.

Chávez vs. Camacho[edit]

On September 12, 1992, Chávez faced WBO Light Welterweight Champion Hector "Macho" Camacho (41-1-0, 18 KOs) in a highly anticipated bout. Chavez dominated Camacho en route to a unanimous decision win. The final scores were 117-111, 119-110 and 120-107 for Chávez. After the fight, on his arrival to Mexico, the President Carlos Salinas de Gortari sent the special car for the Pope to take him from the airport to the President's house.

Chávez vs. Haugen[edit]

His 1993 fight with Greg Haugen featured trash talk from Haugen, who derided Chavez's 82-fight unbeaten streak as consisting mostly of "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. 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."[19] Haugen was proven wrong on both counts: 132,274 showed up to set a record for fight attendance and they watched Chávez drop Haugen quickly and then back off with the apparent intention of punishing him for his prefight remarks. However, the referee had seen enough by the fifth round and stopped it for a TKO victory for Chávez. After the fight, Chávez commented to Haugen; "Now you know I don't fight with taxi drivers" and a bloodied Haugen sportingly responded, "They must have been tough taxi drivers."[20] Later that year, Chávez scored a sixth-round TKO victory over number one ranked contender Terrence Alli.

Draw with Whitaker and first career loss[edit]

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 1980s, Chávez stated several times that he wanted a fight against Whitaker. The Whitaker team, among them Lou Duva, told to Ring Magazine that they did not want a fight against Chavez in those days. In the eyes of many experts, Whitaker waited for Chávez to age. The result of the fight was a controversial majority draw, allowing Chávez to remain undefeated with Whitaker retaining his title. Various members of the American media, including The Ring Magazine and Sports Illustrated, were critical of the decision. Sports Illustrated put Pernell Whitaker on the cover of its next magazine with a one word title, "Robbed!"[21] 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."[22] There was no rematch.

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 fifth round TKO. Chávez faced Frankie Randall in January 1994, in a fight that most expected him to win easily. Instead, Randall knocked him down for the first time in his career and went on to win a split decision and 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 seventh round. After the head cut, during round eight, the referee called for the doctor, who then stopped the fight. 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.

Chavez then faced Meldrick Taylor in a rematch, four years after their historic first fight. Chavez defeated him in the eighth round by a knockout that sent Taylor from one side of the ring to the other. In his next bout, Chavez defeated three-time champion Tony Lopez. In 1995, he defeated former and future Light Welterweight Champion Giovanni Parisi. Later that year, he defended his title against number one 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."[23][24]

Chávez vs. De La Hoya[edit]

On June 7, 1996, Chávez faced Oscar De La Hoya. A large gash appeared over the right eye of Chávez within the first minute of the first round, leading many to assume what Chávez later confirmed—that the cut occurred earlier in training and was re-opened in the bout. Heavy blood flow prompted the doctor to stop the fight in the fourth round. Until their eventual rematch in 1998, Chávez would always state that De La Hoya had not defeated 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, Chávez defeated former champion Joey Gamache in his 100th career bout.

A year after De La Hoya moved up to welterweight in 1997, Chávez fought Miguel Ángel González for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title. That fight 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 first 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."[12]

Retirement and farewell fights[edit]

Chavez won his first two bouts in 1999 before losing to unheralded Willy Wise via 10 round unanimous decision. In 2000, at the age of 38, Chávez challenged Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu. Chavez lost the bout via 6th round TKO. After a 2001 victory over Terry Thomas in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Chávez retired. However, on November 24, 2003, he came out of retirement to avenge his earlier loss to Willy Wise, knocking Wise out in two rounds in Tijuana, Mexico. In April 2004, Chávez went back into the ring, for what he again claimed would be his last appearance. In that fight, nicknamed Adiós, México, Gracias (Good-bye, Mexico, Thank you), he beat his former conqueror, Frankie Randall, by a ten round decision. On May 28, 2005, Chávez once again stepped into a boxing ring, outpointing Ivan Robinson in ten rounds at the Staples Center. On September 17, 2005, at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Chávez suffered a TKO loss to little-known Grover Wiley in the 115th bout of his career, retiring in his corner before the start of the 5th round, after injuring his right hand. After the bout, Chávez 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 Wiley out in the third round of their fight.

Personal life[edit]

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 with Edwin Rosario. He later developed a cocaine habit. Chávez got into rehab several times until he recovered. Nowadays he remains sober, in shape and training, and weighs around 140 pounds (64 kg).[25][26]

Chávez is the father of prospect Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr.[27] He works as an analyst for ESPN and Azteca, and spends his time between Mexico and the United States, where he owns businesses and properties.

Career in review[edit]

Chávez won six world titles in three weight divisions: WBC Super Featherweight (1984), WBA Lightweight (1987), WBC Lightweight (1988), WBC Light Welterweight (1989), IBF Light Welterweight (1990) and WBC Light Welterweight (1994) for the second time. He was also awarded the 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 lost to only three champions: Randall, Oscar De La Hoya and Kostya Tszyu. He was held to a draw by two others: Pernell Whitaker and Miguel Ángel González.

Chávez finally 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 times. He holds records for most successful consecutive defenses of world titles (27), most title fights (37), most title-fight victories (31) and he is after Joe Louis (with 23) for most title defenses won by knockout (21). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years. His record was 89-0-1 going into his first loss to Frankie Randall and had an 87 fight win streak until his draw with Whitaker.[28] 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 is one of the greatest fighters of his generation and top five of all time from his point of view.[29] Trainer Angelo Dundee said that Chávez had one of the strongest chin in boxing history. In 2002, The Ring ranked Chávez as the 18th greatest fighter of the last 80 years. On December 7, 2010, his induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame was announced.

Professional boxing record[edit]

107 Wins (86 knockouts, 21 decisions), 6 Losses (4 knockouts, 2 decision), 2 Draws[30]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 107-6-2 United States Grover Wiley RTD 4 (10) 2005-09-17 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 107-5-2 United States Ivan Robinson UD 10 2005-05-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 106-5-2 United States Frankie Randall UD 10 2004-05-22 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Win 105-5-2 United States Willy Wise TKO 2 (10) 2003-11-22 Mexico Centro de Espectaculos Alamar, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 104-5-2 United States Terry Thomas TKO 2 (10) 2001-11-24 Mexico Plaza De Toros Monumental, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Loss 103-5-2 Australia Kostya Tszyu TKO 6 (10) 2000-07-29 United States Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 103-4-2 United States Buck Smith TKO 3 (10) 1999-12-18 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Loss 102-4-2 United States Willy Wise UD 10 1999-10-02 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 102-3-2 United States Marty Jakubowski KO 4 (10) 1999-07-10 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Win 101-3-2 United States Verdell Smith TKO 4 (10) 1999-04-01 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas
Loss 100-3-2 United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12) 1998-09-18 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC Welterweight title.
Win 100-2-2 United States Ken Sigurani TKO 3 (10) 1998-06-25 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Draw 99-2-2 Mexico Miguel Ángel González PTS 12 1998-03-07 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Distrito Federal For vacant WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 99-2-1 United States Larry LaCoursiere UD 10 1997-06-28 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 98-2-1 United States Tony Martin UD 10 1997-03-29 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 97-2-1 United States Joey Gamache TKO 8 (10) 1996-10-12 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Loss 96-2-1 United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 4 (12) 1996-06-07 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 96-1-1 United States Scott Walker TKO 2 (10) 1996-02-09 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 95-1-1 Kenya David Kamau UD 12 1995-09-16 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 94-1-1 United States Craig Houk KO 1 (10) 1995-07-29 United States Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 93-1-1 Italy Giovanni Parisi UD 12 1995-04-08 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 92-1-1 United States Tony Lopez TKO 10 (12) 1994-12-10 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 91-1-1 United States Meldrick Taylor TKO 8 (12) 1994-09-17 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 90-1-1 United States Frankie Randall TD 8 (12) 1994-05-07 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC Light Welterweight title.
Loss 89-1-1 United States Frankie Randall SD 12 1994-01-29 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC Light Welterweight title.
Chavez suffers the first knockdown of his career in round 11.
Win 89-0-1 England Andy Holligan TKO 5 (12) 1993-12-18 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Longest undefeated streak.
Win 88-0-1 United States Mike Powell KO 4 (10) 1993-10-30 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Draw 87-0-1 United States Pernell Whitaker PTS 12 1993-09-10 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, United States For WBC & Lineal Welterweight titles.
Win 87–0 Guyana Terrence Alli TKO 6 (12) 1993-05-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Longest winning streak.
Win 86–0 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas KO 3 (10) 1993-04-10 Mexico Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Win 85–0 United States Greg Haugen TKO 5 (12) 1993-02-20 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 84–0 United States Marty Jakubowski TKO 6 (10) 1992-12-13 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 83–0 United States Bruce Pearson KO 3 (10) 1992-10-31 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 82–0 Puerto Rico Hector Camacho UD 12 1992-09-12 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 81–0 United States Frankie Mitchell TKO 4 (12) 1992-08-01 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 80–0 Puerto Rico Angel Hernandez TKO 5 (12) 1992-04-10 Mexico El Toreo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 79–0 Mexico Juan Soberanes KO 4 (10) 1992-03-13 Mexico La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Win 78–0 Mexico Ignacio Perdomo RTD 7 (10) 1991-12-13 Mexico Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Win 77–0 Argentina Jorge Alberto Melian KO 4 (10) 1991-11-12 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 76–0 United States Lonnie Smith UD 12 1991-09-14 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 75–0 United States Tommy Small KO 4 (10) 1991-04-26 Mexico Estadio General Angel Flores, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 74–0 United States John Duplessis TKO 4 (12) 1991-03-18 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC & IBF Light Welterweight titles.
Win 73–0 South Korea Kyung-Duk Ahn TKO 3 (12) 1990-12-08 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC & IBF Light Welterweight titles.
Win 72–0 Mexico Jaime Balboa TKO 4 (10) 1990-11-08 Mexico Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 71–0 United States Russell Mosley KO 3 (10) 1990-08-18 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 70–0 Ghana Akwei Addo KO 2 (10) 1990-07-05 Spain Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Win 69–0 United States Meldrick Taylor TKO 12 (12) 1990-03-17 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC & won IBF Light Welterweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1990).
Win 68–0 Argentina Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes TKO 3 (12) 1989-12-16 Mexico Palacio de Deporte, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 67–0 Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes RTD 10 (12) 1989-11-18 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 66–0 Mexico Ramon Aramburu KO 3 (?) 1989-10-27 Mexico Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Broke Nino Benvenuti's 65 win undefeated streak.
Win 65–0 Mexico Rodolfo Batta KO 1 (10) 1989-10-09 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 64–0 United States Kenny Vice TKO 3 (10) 1989-07-30 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 63–0 United States Roger Mayweather RTD 11 (12) 1989-05-13 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Won WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 62–0 Mexico Jose Luis Ramirez TD 11 (12) 1988-10-29 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBA & won WBC & vacant The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 61–0 United States Vernon Buchanan TKO 3 (10) 1988-08-01 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win 60–0 Mexico Rafael Limon TKO 7 (?) 1988-06-04 Mexico Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 59–0 Panama Rodolfo Aguilar TKO 6 (12) 1988-04-16 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win 58–0 United States Nicky Perez TKO 3 (10) 1988-03-05 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 57–0 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario TKO 11 (12) 1987-11-21 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBA Lightweight title.
Win 56–0 Dominican Republic Danilo Cabrera UD 12 1987-08-21 Mexico Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 55–0 Brazil Francisco Tomas Da Cruz TKO 3 (12) 1987-04-18 France Nîmes, Gard, France Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 54–0 Puerto Rico Juan Laporte UD 12 1986-12-12 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 53–0 United States Rocky Lockridge MD 12 1986-08-03 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 52–0 United States Refugio Rojas TKO 7 (12) 1986-06-13 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 51–0 Argentina Faustino Martires Barrios TKO 5 (12) 1986-05-15 France Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Bercy, France Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 50–0 Costa Rica Roberto Collins Lindo KO 2 (?) 1986-03-22 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Broke the Rocky Marciano curse
Win 49–0 United States Jeff Bumpus TD 5 (10) 1985-12-19 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 48–0 United States Dwight Pratchett UD 12 1985-09-21 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 47–0 United States Roger Mayweather TKO 2 (12) 1985-07-07 United States Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 46–0 United States Ruben Castillo TKO 6 (12) 1985-04-19 United States Forum, Inglewood, California, United States Retained WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 45–0 United States Manuel Hernandez TKO 3 (?) 1985-01-01 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 44–0 Mexico Mario Martinez TKO 8 (12) 1984-09-13 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Won vacant WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 43–0 Mexico Delfino Mendoza KO 3 (?) 1984-06-13 Mexico Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Win 42–0 Mexico Ramon Avitia KO 6 (?) 1984-05-04 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 41–0 Mexico Armando Flores KO 3 (?) 1983-09-01 Mexico Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 40–0 United States Adriano Arreola PTS 10 1983-07-16 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 39–0 Mexico Benny Abarca KO 5 (?) 1983-12-30 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 38–0 Mexico Romero Sandoval KO 2 (10) 1983-06-15 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 37–0 Puerto Rico Javier Fragoso KO 4 (?) 1983-05-01 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 36–0 Mexico Ernesto Herrera KO 4 (?) 1983-04-04 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 35–0 Mexico Othoniel Lopez KO 4 (?) 1983-02-25 Mexico Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Win 34–0 United States Jerry Lewis KO 6 (?) 1982-12-11 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, United States
Win 33–0 United States Jerry Lewis KO 5 (?) 1982-10-23 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 32–0 United States Jose Resendez KO 6 (?) 1982-09-28 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 31–0 Mexico Santos Rodriguez KO 8 (?) 1982-08-20 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 30–0 Mexico Gustavo Salgado KO 2 (?) 1982-07-19 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 29–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Alvarado KO 3 (?) 1982-05-08 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 28–0 Mexico Benny Abarca PTS 10 1982-04-26 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 27–0 United States Johnny Jensen KO 3 (?) 1982-03-11 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 26–0 United States Carlos Bryant KO 2 (?) 1982-02-19 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 25–0 Mexico Ramon Peraza KO 1 (?) 1982-02-04 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 24–0 Mexico Jesús García KO 2 (?) 1982-01-29 Mexico Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 23–0 Mexico Ramon Luque KO 1 (?) 1982-01-12 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 22–0 Mexico Manuel Vasquez KO 7 (?) 1981-12-17 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 21–0 United States Jose Angel Medina KO 6 (?) 1981-10-19 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 20–0 Mexico Jorge Ramirez KO 2 (?) 1981-09-25 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 19–0 Mexico Daniel Felizardo KO 3 (10) 1981-08-31 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 18–0 Mexico Jesus Cuate Lara KO 2 (10) 1981-08-07 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 17–0 Mexico Daniel Martinez KO 1 (?) 1981-07-27 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Win 16–0 Mexico Bobby Fernandez KO 3 (?) 1981-07-10 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 15–0 Mexico Fidel Navarro KO 1 (?) 1981-06-26 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 14–0 Mexico Victor Gamez KO 1 (?) 1981-06-05 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 13–0 Mexico Eduardo Lalo Acosta KO 2 (?) 1981-05-08 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 12–0 Mexico Miguel Ruiz KO 1 (?) 1981-03-04 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico Fight result originally a first round disqualification loss for Chavez.
Win 11–0 Mexico Julio Gaxiola KO 4 (?) 1981-02-02 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 10–0 United States Roberto Flores KO 3 (?) 1980-12-15 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 9–0 Mexico Andres Felix KO 2 (?) 1980-11-26 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 8–0 Mexico Jesus Martinez KO 1 (?) 1980-10-13 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 7–0 Mexico Jesus Cuate Lara PTS 10 1980-09-22 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 6–0 Mexico Miguel Cebrero PTS 10 1980-09-05 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 5–0 Mexico Tito Geraldo PTS 6 (10) 1980-07-18 Mexico Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 4–0 Mexico Roberto Garcia UD 6 (6) (?) 1980-05-20 Mexico Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
Win 3–0 Mexico Ramon Flores KO 3 (?) 1980-04-08 Mexico Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico
Win 2–0 Mexico Fidencio Cebreros PTS 6 1980-03-03 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win 1–0 Mexico Andres Felix KO 6 (6) 1980-02-05 Mexico Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico Julio's Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Trivia[edit]

T-Bone mentioned Chavez in the song "Throwin' Out tha Wicked" with the line "I knocking out the devil like Julio César Chávez."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Héctor Camacho
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
September 13, 1984 - August 21, 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Azumah Nelson
Preceded by
Edwin Rosario
WBA Lightweight Champion
November 21, 1987 - October 29, 1988
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Edwin Rosario
Preceded by
José Luis Ramírez
WBC Lightweight Champion
October 29, 1988 - May 13, 1989
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Pernell Whitaker
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexis Argüello
The Ring Lightweight Champion
October 29, 1988 - March 2, 1989
Vacated
Preceded by
Roger Mayweather
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
May 13, 1989 - January 29, 1994
Succeeded by
Frankie Randall
Vacant
Title last held by
Wilfred Benitez
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion
March 17, 1990 - January 29, 1994
Preceded by
Meldrick Taylor
IBF Light Welterweight Champion
March 17, 1990 - December 8, 1990
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Rafael Pineda
Preceded by
Frankie Randall
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion

May 7, 1994 - June 7, 1996
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Awards
Preceded by
Mike Tyson
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson
Preceded by
Pernell Whitaker
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1990
Succeeded by
James Toney