Julio César Chávez Jr.

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For this fighter's father, also a boxer, see Julio César Chávez.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Chavez and the second or maternal family name is Carrasco.
Julio César Chávez Jr.
Real name Julio César Chávez Carrasco
Nickname(s) La leyenda continua
("The legend continues")
El Hijo de la Leyenda
("The Son of the Legend")
Rated at Light middleweight
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1986-02-16) February 16, 1986 (age 30)
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 53
Wins 49
Wins by KO 32
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 1

Julio César Chávez Carrasco (born February 16, 1986), best known as Julio César Chávez Jr., is a Mexican professional boxer and former WBC Middleweight Champion.[2] He is the son of retired six-time world boxing champion Julio César Chávez and older brother of Omar Chávez.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Chávez Jr. was born in the city of Sinaloa,[4][5] when his father held the WBC World Championship at super featherweight. His face became known to boxing fans when his father would take him and his brother Omar into the ring as children, before each of Chávez Sr.'s fights. As a teenager, Chávez Jr. endured some difficult moments, including a publicized relationship between his father and actress Salma Hayek and the consequential divorce of his parents.[6] Chávez Jr. lived in relative obscurity until he announced that he would follow in the footsteps of his father and become a boxer.[7]

On part of his career Chávez Jr. has struggled with discipline issues such as training properly, reaching the right weight before his fights and his alleged use of illegal substances. On February, 2014, Chávez and his girlfriend welcomed their first daughter, Julia.

Amateur career[edit]

Chávez's amateur career consisted of only two fights against former world champion Jorge Páez's oldest son Jorge Páez Jr.; both of the exhibitions bouts were shown on Mexican television.[8]

Professional career[edit]

After those amateur fights, Chavez Jr. started his professional boxing career at 17 years old.[9] On September 26, 2003, at Super Featherweight (130 lbs), he won his professional debut by outpointing Jonathan Hernandez over six rounds in Chávez Jr.'s native Culiacán, Sinaloa. Chavez Jr. is signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank.[10] Many of his fights have been held during boxing programs that have been headed by his father; he has also been featured on the undercards of many major pay-per-view fights (rare for an up-and-coming fighter, but not unexpected in his case given his father's fame). He is considerably taller than his father.[11] Chávez Jr. set a fighting pace that was reminiscent of Chávez Sr.'s own pace when the latter was a younger man: in 2004, he fought eleven times, not having a fight only in August during that year.

Chavez won by a split decision over Matt Vanda July 12, 2008. Scores for the fight were 97–93 and 100–90, while losing 96–95 on another card.[12] Chavez struggled with making weight for several bouts and was suspended following his win over Troy Rowland for using a banned diuretic, furosemide, to make the 160-pound weight limit. As a result, the fight was changed to a no contest.[13]

On June 26, 2010, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Chavez Jr. had a win against John Duddy, in what many regard as his first serious fight.[14]

In December 2010, Alfonso Gomez was signed to match up against the undefeated Chávez Jr. at middleweight (the contracted weight was 157) for Chavez Jr's WBC Silver Middleweight belt on the In Harm's Way card as the main event. However, during training for the bout, Alfonso tore some ligaments in his left elbow and had to withdraw from the card and undergo a few months of rehab. For his part, Chavez Jr was set to fight Paweł Wolak as a replacement bout, but after adjusting the weight limit for said match to 165 lbs, Chavez Jr had to pull out due to the flu messing up his training and weight loss and then in January he went on to beat title contender Billy Lyell.[15]


On June 4, 2011, Chávez defeated WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik to win his first world title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, taking a major step toward establishing his own legacy while his famous father looked on. He was behind early against Zbik, who was the quicker fighter and landed more punches early. But Chavez kept coming forward, countering with hard body shots that seemed to slow his German opponent down.[16]

Chavez Jr. defended his Middleweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Peter Manfredo Jr. in Houston on November 19, 2011.

Chavez was marginally outworked,[clarification needed] but he landed a higher percentage of punches and more power shots than Manfredo. In the fifth round, Chavez hurt Manfredo with a hard right hand and unloaded a flurry when the challenger wobbled and backed up on the ropes. Manfredo was never hit flush as Chavez threw with abandon, but he didn't answer with any punches and referee Laurence Cole finally stepped in to call it at 1 minutes, 52 seconds.[17]

On February 4, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Chavez faced Mexican countryman Marco Antonio Rubio in a 12-round scheduled championship Middleweight bout.[18] Chavez Jr. retained his WBC Middleweight title after beating Rubio by a unanimous decision. Chavez bossed the majority of the exchanges and was awarded the fight 118-110 116-112 115-113 on the judges' scorecards. Two weeks before the fight, Chavez was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of drunk driving.[19]

Chávez vs. Lee[edit]

On June 16, 2012, at the University of Texas at El Paso, Sunbowl in El Paso, Texas. Chavez Jr. recovered from a slow start he blamed on leg cramps and stopped Andy Lee at 2:21 of the seventh round to retain the WBC Middleweight title. A right uppercut by Chavez snapped Lee's head upwards and sideways and Chavez connected on a barrage of punches before referee Laurence Cole intervened and waved an end to the fight.

With the victory, Chavez put himself in position for a title-unification fight with recognized World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez.

Chávez vs. Martínez[edit]

Chávez fought against Sergio Martínez on September 15, 2012, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas for the Unified WBC and The Ring Middleweight Championship.

Martínez outworked and out-landed Chávez throughout the first 11 rounds of the fight in dominating fashion. Though Chávez had his moments, trapping Martínez in the corner on the ropes, Martínez fought Chávez and used his fast lateral movement to avoid and neutralize Chávez's offensive attack. After 11 dominant rounds from Martinez, Chávez hurt Martínez in the twelfth round, sending him to the canvas half way through the round. Martínez got up with a little over one minute left in the fight and continued to throw and trade with the Mexican champion, despite being fatigued and clearly hurt. Martínez managed to survive the 12th round. Martínez won the fight by unanimous decision, by the scores of 117–110, 118–109 and 118-109. It was later revealed that Martinez had fought with a broken left hand since the fourth round.[20][21]

After the fight, Chavez tested positive for cannabis.[22] On February 28, 2013, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended him for nine months and fined him $900,000. Chavez had been already fined $20,000 and suspended indefinitely by the World Boxing Council.[23]

Chávez vs. Vera I & II[edit]

After a year of suspension, Chávez faced Brian Vera on September 28, 2013 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Chávez struggled with the weight before the fight and he hardly reached the 172 pounds for a fight pacted in 168 pounds. The night of the fight he weighed 186 pounds. Like the fight against Martínez, Chávez threw very few power punches while Vera dominated the fight. In the late rounds, the face of Chávez was swollen and he had a cut on his nose, while Vera's face hardly showed any signs of damage. Chávez won a controversial unanimous decision. He threw 320 punches, while Vera threw 734. The decision was heavily criticized by the audience. After the fight, Chávez stated that he fought with an injured hand.

A rematch was held on March the 1st, 2014, at the Alamodome of San Antonio, Texas. Contrary to what happened in the first fight, Chávez came out more aggressive and proposed the fight. He kept the distance with the jab and landed power punches. In the eleventh round he landed a powerful right hand that nearly knocked Vera out. Chávez won via unanimous decision.

Chavez vs. Fonfara[edit]

After a long break from boxing, Chavez Jr. decided to face Andrzej Fonfara, a bout in which Chavez was dominated and dropped by a left hook to the forehead in the 9th round. Before the 10th round begun Chavez told his corner "Stop the fight" making it his first TKO in his career. After fight Chavez said "Yes, I think I won the fight". Some words were lost in translation; he meant to say he felt he was winning the fight at early stages of the bout. Chavez was behind in all three judges score cards at the time of the stoppage.

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (32 knockouts, 16 decisions), 2 Loss (1 knockout, 1 decision), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rnd., time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States J'Leon Love N/A – (12) 2016-07-16 N/A
Win 49–2–1–(1) Mexico Marcos Reyes UD 10 2015-07-18 United States El Paso, Texas, USA
Loss 48–2–1–(1) Poland Andrzej Fonfara RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2015-04-18 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Win 48–1–1–(1) United States Brian Vera UD 12 2014-03-01 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 47–1–1–(1) United States Brian Vera UD 10 2013-09-28 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss 46–1–1–(1) Argentina Sergio Martínez UD 12 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Middleweight title.
For The Ring Middleweight title.
Win 46–0–1–(1) Republic of Ireland Andy Lee TKO 7 (12), 2:21 2012-06-16 United States Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win 45–0–1–(1) Mexico Marco Antonio Rubio UD 12 2012-02-04 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win 44–0–1–(1) United States Peter Manfredo Jr. TKO 5 (12), 1:52 2011-11-19 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win 43–0–1–(1) Germany Sebastian Zbik MD 12 2011-06-04 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won WBC Middleweight title.
Win 42–0–1–(1) United States Billy Lyell UD 10 2011-01-29 Mexico Estadio Carlos González, Culiacán, Sinaloa Retained WBC Silver Middleweight title.
Win 41–0–1–(1) Republic of Ireland John Duddy UD 12 2010-06-26 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Won vacant WBC Silver Middleweight title.
NC 40–0–1–(1) United States Troy Rowland ND 10 2009-11-14 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 40–0–1 United States Jason LeHoullier TKO 1 (10), 2:43 2009-09-12 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit Retained WBC Latino Light Middleweight title.
Win 39–0–1 Argentina Luciano Cuello UD 10 2009-03-28 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California Won WBC Latino Light Middleweight title.
Win 38–0–1 United States Matt Vanda UD 10 2008-09-01 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 37–0–1 United States Matt Vanda SD 10 2008-07-12 Mexico Palenque De Hermosillo, Hermosillo, Sonora
Win 36–0–1 Italy Giuseppe Loriga KO 9 (10), 1:47 2008-04-26 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Querétaro, Querétaro Retained WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight title.
Win 35–0–1 United States José Celaya TKO 8 (12), 2:14 2008-02-09 Mexico Domo De La Feria, León, Guanajuato Won WBC Continental Americas Light Middleweight title.
Win 34–0–1 United States Ray Sánchez KO 6 (10), 1:33 2007-12-01 United States Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 33–0–1 United States Louis Brown TKO 5 (10), 2:42 2007-08-04 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Win 32–0–1 United States Grover Wiley KO 3 (10), 2:27 2007-06-09 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Win 31–0–1 United States Anthony Shuler KO 2 (10), 1:32 2007-04-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 30–0–1 United States Raúl Muñoz TKO 3 (10), 1:29 2007-03-09 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 29–0–1 Mexico Christian Solano UD 10 2006-12-16 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Culiacán, Sinaloa
Win 28–0–1 United States Shad Howard RTD 4 (8), 0:10 2006-09-23 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 27–0–1 United States Jermaine White TKO 4 (10), 1:52 2006-08-19 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas Won vacant WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
Win 26–0–1 United States Aaron Drake TKO 2 (6), 1:53 2006-06-10 United States Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
Win 25–0–1 United States Tyler Ziolkowski KO 2 (6), 2:40 2006-03-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 24–0–1 Mexico Carlos Amado Molina MD 6 2006-02-18 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Draw 23–0–1 Mexico Carlos Amado Molina UD 6 2005-12-16 Mexico Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León
Win 23–0 United States Jeremy Stiers TKO 5 (6), 0:47 2005-10-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 22–0 United States Corey Alarcon TKO 2 (6), 0:35 2005-09-17 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 21–0 United States Jonathan Nelson KO 1 (6), 0:54 2005-08-12 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 20–0 United States Rubén Galván TKO 4 (8), 2:22 2005-06-25 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 19–0 United States Adam Wynant KO 1 (6), 0:42 2005-05-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 18–0 United States Travis Hartman TKO 3 (8), 0:51 2005-04-22 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 17–0 United States Ryan Maraldo TKO 3 (6), 2:56 2005-03-19 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16–0 United States Leroy Newton TKO 1 (6), 2:11 2005-02-11 United States Convention Center, San Diego, California
Win 15–0 Mexico Jose Cruz TKO 2 (8), 0:54 2005-01-21 Mexico Parque Revolucion, Culiacán, Sinaloa
Win 14–0 Mexico Eliseo Urias KO 2 (6), 0:11 2004-12-18 Mexico U.A. de Sinaloa, Culiacán, Sinaloa
Win 13–0 United States Sheldon Mosley TKO 5 (6), 0:13 2004-11-26 Mexico Poliforo Juan Gabriel, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Win 12–0 United States Mike Walker TKO 1 (6), 2:21 2004-08-23 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Won vacant WBC Youth Light Middleweight title.
Win 11–0 Mexico Miguel Galindo TKO 4 (6), 0:28 2004-09-04 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California
Win 10–0 United States Jason Smith UD 4 2004-07-31 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–0 Mexico Luis Huerta TKO 2 (6), 0:52 2004-06-26 Mexico Parque Revolucion, Culiacán, Sinaloa
Win 8–0 Mexico Antonio Aguilar KO 1 (4), 1:10 2004-05-22 Mexico Plaza de Toros, Ciudad de México
Win 7–0 Mexico Arturo Ocampo KO 2 (6), (0:11) 2004-04-24 Mexico Palenque de Gallos Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Win 6–0 Mexico Guadalupe Arce KO 1 (4), (2:10) 2004-03-27 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California
Win 5–0 Republic of Ireland Oisin Fagan UD 4 2004-02-28 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 Mexico Jose Burgos UD 4 2004-01-29 United States International Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win 3–0 Mexico Gerardo Penaflor UD 4 2003-12-05 United States International Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win 2–0 United States Eugene Johnson KO 1 (4), (0:51) 2003-11-22 Mexico Centro de Espectáculos Alamar, Tijuana, Baja California
Win 1–0 Mexico Jonathan Hernandez UD 4 2003-09-26 Mexico Parque Revolucion, Culiacán, Sinaloa Professional boxing debut.


Chavez has been trained by two of his uncles, who have been criticized for not putting their foot down with the young fighter in terms of discipline. Chavez needed more motivation and guidance so he switched from his uncles to famous Freddie Roach to his corner.[24]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Dwyre, Bill (2011-06-04). "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. slugs way to world title". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Mulei, Alessandro (2010-06-20). "Julio César Chávez Jr.". Box Rec. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  4. ^ Satterfield, Lem (2010-06-09). "Chavez jr. Makes Championship Push". Fan House. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  5. ^ Grillo, Ioan (2008-06-14). "Culiacán is the Cocaine Capital". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Francisco Javier (2005-05-26). "Chávez with actress Salma Hayek". Economic Exepert. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  7. ^ Mier, Saul (2009-12-23). "Son of a Boxing Legend". Chavez.net. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Chavez Jr. follows in father's footsteps". Yahoo Sports. 
  9. ^ Kalinchuk, Carlos (2003-05-12). "Chavez and Son Come to Houston". EastSide Boxing. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  10. ^ Escobedo, Thomas (2007-07-17). "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's Biography". Top Rank. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  11. ^ Williams, Chris (2008-09-23). "6'-1" Chavez jr. shouldn't fight like his Famous Father". Boxing News 24. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  12. ^ Escobedo, Juan (2008-07-13). "Chavez gets Over Vanda". Seconds Out. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  13. ^ "Chavez Jr. fined, suspended". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  14. ^ Williams, Chris (2010-06-26). "Chavez dominates Duddy". Boxing News 24. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  15. ^ "Zbik-Chavez Jr. Mexico Presser". Boxing News. 
  16. ^ "Julio Chavez Jr. captures middleweight championship". ESPN.com. 
  17. ^ "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Stops Peter Manfredo in Five - Boxing News". boxingscene.com. 
  18. ^ "Marco Antonio Rubio to fight Chavez Jr. next for WBC middleweight title". Boxing News 24. 
  19. ^ Freitag, Karl (2012-01-05). "Chavez was arrested for DUI during training camp". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  20. ^ Rafael, Dan (September 19, 2012). Multiple injuries idle Sergio Martinez, ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  21. ^ Rafael, Dan (October 17, 2012). Sergio Martinez to Have Knee Surgery, ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  22. ^ url=http://www.fightbeat.com/post/31890319813/chavez-jr-too-stoned-to-fight
  23. ^ "BOXER CHAVEZ JR. SUSPENDED, FINED OVER DRUG TEST". AP. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  24. ^ Doug Fischer (28 April 2010). "Roach takes a chance on Chavez Jr.". Ring TV. 

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Preceded by
Sebastian Zbik
WBC Middleweight Champion
June 4, 2011 – September 15, 2012
Succeeded by
Sergio Martinez