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Julio César Chávez

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For his son, who is also a boxer, see Julio César Chávez, Jr. For the Paraguayan historian, see Julio César Chaves.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chavez and the second or maternal family name is Gonzalez.
Julio César Chávez
Julio Cesar Chavez1 Champ.jpg
Chávez in 1995
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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 Grand Mexican Champion")[2]
  • Mr. KO
  • El León de Culiacán ("The Lion of Culiacán")
Rated at
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Reach 66 12 in (169 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 54)
Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 115
Wins 107
Wins by KO 86
Losses 6
Draws 2

Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβes ɣonˈsales]; born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio César Chávez Sr., is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005.[3] He is considered by acclamation as the greatest Mexican boxer of all time, and one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Chávez is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions,[4] and for several years was considered the best boxer in the world, pound for pound.[5] 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, from 1989 to 1996; and the IBF light welterweight title from 1990 to 1991. Additionally, he held the Ring magazine lightweight title from 1988 to 1989, and the lineal light welterweight title twice, from 1990 to 1996. Chávez was named Fighter of the Year for 1987 and 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine respectively.

He holds records for the most successful defenses of world titles (27), most title fight victories (31), most title fights (37), and the second most title defenses won by knockout (21, after Joe Louis with 23). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history: 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. Chávez also set the record for the largest attendance for a boxing match—132,274—at the Estadio Azteca for his fight against Greg Haugen in 1993.

Chávez was known for his outstanding punching power, devastating body attack, remarkably strong chin and the relentless stalking of his opponents.[4] He ranks #24 on ESPN's list of "50 Greatest Boxers of All Time".[6] In 2010 he was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.[7][8] He is the father of current boxers 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.

Super Featherweight[edit]

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. 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]

On April 16, 1988, Chávez defeated number one ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar (20-0-1) by sixth-round technical knockout.[16] 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]

Chávez vs. Taylor promotional poster.

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."[17] 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. Chávez 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. Chávez 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."[18] 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."[19] 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!"[20] 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."[21] 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 on January 29, 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."[22][23]

Chávez vs. De La Hoya[edit]

On June 7, 1996, Chávez faced Oscar De La Hoya. A large gash appeared over the left 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][dubious ][dead link]

Retirement and farewell fights[edit]

Chavez won his first two bouts in 1999 before losing to then 32-year-old 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 (this fight was televised by Showtime Pay-Per-View). 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 against Edwin Rosario. He later developed a cocaine habit. Chávez got into rehab several times until he recovered. Nowadays he remains sober, in shape, training and weighs around 140 pounds (64 kg).[24]

Chávez is the father of prospect Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr.[25] 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]

Julio César Chávez in 2006.

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.[26] 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.[27] 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]

Professional record summary
115 fights 107 wins 6 losses
By knockout 86 4
By decision 21 2
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
115 Loss 107–6–2 United States Grover Wiley RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Sep 17, 2005 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
114 Win 107–5–2 United States Ivan Robinson UD 10 May 28, 2005 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
113 Win 106–5–2 United States Frankie Randall UD 10 May 22, 2004 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico
112 Win 105–5–2 United States Willy Wise TKO 2 (10) Nov 22, 2003 Mexico Centro de Espectáculos Alamar, Tijuana, Mexico
111 Win 104–5–2 United States Terry Thomas TKO 2 (10), 0:50 Nov 24, 2001 Mexico Plaza de Toros Monumental, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
110 Loss 103–5–2 Australia Kostya Tszyu TKO 6 (12), 1:28 Jul 29, 2000 United States Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. For WBC light welterweight title
109 Win 103–4–2 United States Buck Smith TKO 3 (10) Dec 18, 1999 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
108 Loss 102–4–2 United States Willy Wise UD 10 Oct 2, 1999 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
107 Win 102–3–2 United States Marty Jakubowski TKO 4 (10) Jul 10, 1999 Mexico Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico
106 Win 101–3–2 United States Verdell Smith TKO 4 (10), 1:36 Apr 1, 1999 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
105 Loss 100–3–2 United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Sep 18, 1998 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC and lineal welterweight titles
104 Win 100–2–2 United States Ken Sigurani TKO 3 (10), 2:09 Jun 25, 1998 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
103 Draw 99–2–2 Mexico Miguel Ángel González SD 12 Mar 7, 1998 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico For vacant WBC light welterweight title
102 Win 99–2–1 United States Larry LaCoursiere UD 10 Jun 28, 1997 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
101 Win 98–2–1 United States Tony Martin UD 10 Mar 29, 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
100 Win 97–2–1 United States Joey Gamache TKO 8 (10), 3:00 Oct 12, 1996 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
99 Loss 96–2–1 United States Oscar De La Hoya TKO 4 (12), 2:37 Jun 7, 1996 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
98 Win 96–1–1 United States Scott Walker TKO 2 (10), 2:45 Feb 9, 1996 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
97 Win 95–1–1 Kenya David Kamau UD 12 Sep 16, 1995 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
96 Win 94–1–1 United States Craig Houk KO 1 (10), 1:19 Jul 29, 1995 United States Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
95 Win 93–1–1 Italy Giovanni Parisi UD 12 Apr 8, 1995 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
94 Win 92–1–1 United States Tony Lopez TKO 10 (12) Dec 10, 1994 Mexico Estadio de Béisbol, Monterrey, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
93 Win 91–1–1 United States Meldrick Taylor TKO 8 (12), 1:41 Sep 17, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
92 Win 90–1–1 United States Frankie Randall TD 8 (12), 2:57 May 7, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC and lineal light welterweight titles;
Split TD after Chávez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
91 Loss 89–1–1 United States Frankie Randall SD 12 Jan 29, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
90 Win 89–0–1 United Kingdom Andy Holligan TKO 5 (12) Dec 18, 1993 Mexico Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
89 Win 88–0–1 United States Mike Powell TKO 4 (10) Oct 30, 1993 Mexico Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
88 Draw 87–0–1 United States Pernell Whitaker MD 12 Sep 10, 1993 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. For WBC and lineal welterweight titles
87 Win 87–0 Guyana Terrence Alli TKO 6 (12), 0:45 May 8, 1993 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
86 Win 86–0 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas KO 3 (10), 2:05 Apr 10, 1993 Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Guadalajara, Mexico
85 Win 85–0 United States Greg Haugen TKO 5 (12), 2:02 Feb 20, 1993 Mexico Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
84 Win 84–0 United States Marty Jakubowski TKO 6 (10), 0:18 Dec 13, 1992 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
83 Win 83–0 United States Bruce Pearson KO 3 (10) Oct 31, 1992 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
82 Win 82–0 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho UD 12 Sep 12, 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
81 Win 81–0 United States Frankie Mitchell TKO 4 (12), 0:56 Aug 1, 1992 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
80 Win 80–0 Puerto Rico Angel Hernandez TKO 5 (12), 1:11 Apr 10, 1992 Mexico Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
79 Win 79–0 Mexico Juan Soberanes Ramos KO 4 (10) Mar 13, 1992 Mexico La Paz, Mexico
78 Win 78–0 Mexico Ignacio Perdomo RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Dec 13, 1991 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico
77 Win 77–0 Argentina Jorge Alberto Melian KO 4 (10), 1:36 Nov 12, 1991 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
76 Win 76–0 United States Lonnie Smith UD 12 Sep 14, 1991 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
75 Win 75–0 United States Tommy Small KO 4 (10), 0:56 Apr 26, 1991 Mexico Estadio General Ángel Flores, Culiacán, Mexico
74 Win 74–0 United States John Duplessis TKO 4 (12), 2:42 Mar 18, 1991 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles
73 Win 73–0 Korea Kyung-Duk Ahn TKO 3 (12), 2:14 Dec 8, 1990 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles
72 Win 72–0 Mexico Jaime Balboa TKO 4 (10), 2:10 Nov 8, 1990 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico
71 Win 71–0 United States Russell Mosley KO 3 (10) Aug 18, 1990 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
70 Win 70–0 Ghana Akwei Addo KO 2 (10) Jul 5, 1990 Spain Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain
69 Win 69–0 United States Meldrick Taylor TKO 12 (12), 2:58 Mar 17, 1990 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won IBF and vacant lineal light welterweight titles
68 Win 68–0 Argentina Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes TKO 3 (12), 1:56 Dec 16, 1989 Mexico Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC light welterweight title
67 Win 67–0 Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Nov 18, 1989 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
66 Win 66–0 Mexico Ramon Aramburu KO 3 (10) Oct 27, 1989 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico
65 Win 65–0 Mexico Rodolfo Batta KO 1 (10), 2:56 Oct 9, 1989 Mexico Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico
64 Win 64–0 United States Kenny Vice TKO 3 (10), 1:57 Jul 30, 1989 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
63 Win 63–0 United States Roger Mayweather RTD 10 (12), 3:00 May 13, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won WBC light welterweight title
62 Win 62–0 Mexico José Luis Ramírez TD 11 (12), 0:54 Oct 29, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA lightweight title;
Won WBC and vacant The Ring lightweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Ramírez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
61 Win 61–0 United States Vernon Buchanan TKO 3 (10), 2:02 Aug 1, 1988 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
60 Win 60–0 Mexico Rafael Limón TKO 7 (10) Jun 4, 1988 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico
59 Win 59–0 Panama Rodolfo Aguilar TKO 6 (12), 1:13 Apr 16, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA lightweight title
58 Win 58–0 United States Nicky Perez TKO 3 (10) Mar 5, 1988 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
57 Win 57–0 Puerto Rico Edwin Rosario TKO 11 (12), 2:38 Nov 21, 1987 United States Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA lightweight title
56 Win 56–0 Dominican Republic Danilo Cabrera UD 12 Aug 21, 1987 Mexico Agua Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Mexico Retained WBC super featherweight title
55 Win 55–0 Brazil Francisco Tomas Da Cruz TKO 3 (12), 2:31 Apr 18, 1987 France Nîmes, France Retained WBC super featherweight title
54 Win 54–0 Puerto Rico Juan Laporte UD 12 Dec 12, 1986 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
53 Win 53–0 United States Rocky Lockridge MD 12 Aug 3, 1986 Monaco Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco Retained WBC super featherweight title
52 Win 52–0 United States Refugio Rojas TKO 7 (12), 2:33 Jun 13, 1986 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
51 Win 51–0 Argentina Faustino Martires Barrios TKO 5 (12), 2:02 May 15, 1986 France Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France Retained WBC super featherweight title
50 Win 50–0 Costa Rica Roberto Collins Lindo KO 2 (10), 0:31 Mar 22, 1986 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
49 Win 49–0 United States Jeff Bumpus TD 5 (10), 1:19 Dec 19, 1985 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Unanimous TD after Chávez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
48 Win 48–0 United States Dwight Pratchett UD 12 Sep 21, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
47 Win 47–0 United States Roger Mayweather TKO 2 (12), 2:30 Jul 7, 1985 United States Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
46 Win 46–0 United States Ruben Castillo TKO 6 (12), 2:56 Apr 19, 1985 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super featherweight title
45 Win 45–0 United States Manuel Hernandez TKO 3 (10) Jan 1, 1985 Mexico Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
44 Win 44–0 Mexico Mario Martínez TKO 8 (12), 3:00 Sep 13, 1984 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC super featherweight title
43 Win 43–0 Mexico Delfino Mendoza KO 3 Jun 13, 1984 Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico
42 Win 42–0 Mexico Ramon Avitia KO 6 May 4, 1984 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
41 Win 41–0 Mexico Armando Flores KO 3 Sep 1, 1983 Mexico Mazatlán, Mexico
40 Win 40–0 United States Adriano Arreola PTS 10 Jul 16, 1983 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
39 Win 39–0 Mexico Benjamin Abarca KO 5 Dec 30, 1983 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
38 Win 38–0 Mexico Romero Sandoval KO 2 (10), 1:58 Jun 15, 1983 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
37 Win 37–0 Puerto Rico Javier Fragoso KO 4 May 1, 1983 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
36 Win 36–0 Mexico Ernesto Herrera KO 2 Apr 4, 1983 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
35 Win 35–0 Mexico Othoniel Lopez KO 4 Feb 25, 1983 Mexico Ensenada, Mexico
34 Win 34–0 United States Jerry Lewis KO 6 Dec 11, 1982 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
33 Win 33–0 United States Jerry Lewis KO 5 Oct 23, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
32 Win 32–0 United States Jose Resendez KO 6 (10) Sep 28, 1982 Mexico Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
31 Win 31–0 Mexico Santos Rodriguez KO 8 Aug 20, 1982 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
30 Win 30–0 Mexico Gustavo Salgado KO 2 (10) Jul 19, 1982 Mexico Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
29 Win 29–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Alvarado KO 3 May 8, 1982 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Benny Abarca PTS 10 Apr 26, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
27 Win 27–0 United States Johnny Jensen KO 3 Mar 11, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
26 Win 26–0 United States Carlos Bryant KO 2 Feb 19, 1982 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Ramon Peraza KO 1 Feb 4, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Jesús García KO 2 Jan 29, 1982 Mexico Guamúchil, Mexico
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Ramon Luque KO 1 Jan 12, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Manuel Vasquez KO 7 Dec 17, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
21 Win 21–0 United States Jose Angel Medina KO 6 Oct 19, 1981 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Jorge Ramirez KO 2 Sep 25, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Daniel Felizardo KO 3 (10) Aug 31, 1981 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Jesus Cuate Lara KO 2 (10) Aug 7, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Daniel Martinez KO 1 Jul 27, 1981 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Bobby Fernandez KO 3 Jul 10, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Fidel Navarro KO 1 Jun 26, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Victor Gamez KO 1 Jun 5, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Eduardo Lalo Acosta KO 2 May 8, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Miguel Ruiz KO 1 Mar 4, 1981 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Julio Gaxiola KO 4 Feb 2, 1981 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 United States Roberto Flores KO 3 Dec 15, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Andres Felix KO 2 Nov 26, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Jesus Martinez KO 1 Oct 13, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Jesus Cuate Lara PTS 10 Sep 22, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Miguel Cebrero PTS 10 Sep 5, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Tito Geraldo PTS 6 Jul 18, 1980 Mexico Guamúchil, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Roberto Garcia TKO 6 (6) May 20, 1980 Mexico Guaymas, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Ramon Flores KO 3 (6) Apr 8, 1980 Mexico Navojoa, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Fidencio Cebreros PTS 6 Mar 3, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Andres Felix KO 6 (6) Feb 5, 1980 Mexico Culiacán, Mexico Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

World titles
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 Benítez
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
May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Lineal light welterweight champion
May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996

See also[edit]

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