Julio César Chávez Jr.
|Julio César Chávez Jr.|
|Real name||Julio César Chávez Carrasco|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
February 16, 1986 |
Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
|Wins by KO||32|
Julio César Chávez Carrasco (born February 16, 1986), best known as Julio César Chávez Jr., is a Mexican professional boxer who held the WBC middleweight title from 2011 to 2012. He is the son of retired six-time world boxing champion Julio César Chávez and older brother of Omar Chávez.
Chávez Jr. was born in the city of Sinaloa, 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. Chávez Jr. lived in relative obscurity until he announced that he would follow in the footsteps of his father and become a boxer.
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.
After those amateur fights, Chavez Jr. started his professional boxing career at 17 years old. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Chávez vs. Lee
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
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.
After the fight, Chavez tested positive for cannabis. 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.
Chávez vs. Vera I & II
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
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
|Professional record summary|
|53 fights||49 wins||2 losses|
|53||Win||49–2–1 (1)||Marcos Reyes||UD||10||Jul 18, 2015||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|52||Loss||48–2–1 (1)||Andrzej Fonfara||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||Apr 18, 2015||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||For vacant WBC International light heavyweight title|
|51||Win||48–1–1 (1)||Brian Vera||UD||12||Mar 1, 2014||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title|
|50||Win||47–1–1 (1)||Brian Vera||UD||10||Sep 28, 2013||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|49||Loss||46–1–1 (1)||Sergio Martínez||UD||12||Sep 15, 2012||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC middleweight title;
For The Ring and lineal middleweight titles
|48||Win||46–0–1 (1)||Andy Lee||TKO||7 (12), 2:21||Jun 16, 2012||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC middleweight title|
|47||Win||45–0–1 (1)||Marco Antonio Rubio||UD||12||Feb 4, 2012||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC middleweight title|
|46||Win||44–0–1 (1)||Peter Manfredo Jr.||TKO||5 (12), 1:52||Nov 19, 2011||Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC middleweight title|
|45||Win||43–0–1 (1)||Sebastian Zbik||MD||12||Jun 4, 2011||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC middleweight title|
|44||Win||42–0–1 (1)||Billy Lyell||UD||10||Jan 29, 2011||Estadio Banorte, Culiacán, Mexico||Retained WBC Silver middleweight title|
|43||Win||41–0–1 (1)||John Duddy||UD||12||Jun 26, 2010||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Silver middleweight title|
|42||NC||40–0–1 (1)||Troy Rowland||UD||10||Nov 14, 2009||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Originally a UD win for Chávez Jr., later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test|
|41||Win||40–0–1||Jason LeHoullier||TKO||1 (10), 2:43||Sep 12, 2009||Palenque de La Feria, Tepic, Mexico||Retained WBC Latino super welterweight title|
|40||Win||39–0–1||Luciano Cuello||UD||10||Mar 28, 2009||Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico||Won WBC Latino super welterweight title|
|39||Win||38–0–1||Matt Vanda||UD||10||Sep 1, 2008||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|38||Win||37–0–1||Matt Vanda||SD||10||Jul 12, 2008||Palenque ExpoGan, Hermosillo, Mexico|
|37||Win||36–0–1||Tobia Giuseppe Loriga||KO||9 (10), 1:47||Apr 26, 2008||Plaza de Toros Santa María, Querétaro City, Mexico||Retained WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title|
|36||Win||35–0–1||José Celaya||TKO||8 (12), 2:14||Feb 9, 2008||Domo de la Feria, León, Mexico||Won WBC Continental Americas super welterweight title|
|35||Win||34–0–1||Ray Sánchez||KO||6 (10), 1:33||Dec 1, 2007||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|34||Win||33–0–1||Louis Brown||TKO||5 (10), 2:42||Aug 4, 2007||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.|
|33||Win||32–0–1||Grover Wiley||KO||3 (10), 2:27||Jun 9, 2007||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|32||Win||31–0–1||Anthony Shuler||KO||2 (10), 1:32||Apr 14, 2007||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|31||Win||30–0–1||Raúl Jorge Muñoz||TKO||3 (10), 1:29||Mar 9, 2007||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|30||Win||29–0–1||Christian Solano||UD||10||Dec 16, 2006||Plaza de Toros, Culiacán, Mexico|
|29||Win||28–0–1||Shad Howard||RTD||4 (8), 0:10||Sep 23, 2006||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|28||Win||27–0–1||Jermaine White||TKO||4 (10), 1:52||Aug 19, 2006||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Youth super welterweight title|
|27||Win||26–0–1||Aaron Drake||TKO||2 (6), 1:53||Jun 10, 2006||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|26||Win||25–0–1||Tyler Ziolkowski||KO||2 (6), 2:40||Mar 8, 2006||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|25||Win||24–0–1||Carlos Molina||MD||6||Feb 18, 2006||The New Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|24||Draw||23–0–1||Carlos Molina||PTS||6||Dec 16, 2005||Monterrey Arena, Monterrey, Mexico|
|23||Win||23–0||Jeremy Stiers||TKO||5 (6), 0:47||Oct 8, 2005||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Corey Alarcon||TKO||2 (6), 0:35||Sep 17, 2005||America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Jonathan Nelson||KO||1 (6), 0:54||Aug 12, 2005||Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Rubén Galván||TKO||4 (8), 2:22||Jun 25, 2005||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Adam Wynant||KO||1 (6), 0:42||May 28, 2005||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Travis Hartman||TKO||3 (8), 0:51||Apr 22, 2005||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Ryan Maraldo||TKO||3 (6), 2:56||Mar 19, 2005||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Leroy Newton||TKO||1 (6), 2:11||Feb 11, 2005||Convention Center, San Diego, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Jose Cruz||TKO||2 (8)||Jan 21, 2005||Parque Revolución, Culiacán, Mexico|
|14||Win||14–0||Eliseo Urias||KO||2 (6)||Dec 18, 2004||Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Culiacán, Mexico|
|13||Win||13–0||Sheldon Mosley||TKO||5 (6)||Nov 26, 2004||Poliforo Juan Gabriel, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|12||Win||12–0||Mike Walker||TKO||1 (6), 2:21||Oct 23, 2004||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Miguel Galindo||TKO||4 (6)||Sep 4, 2004||Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Jason Smith||UD||4||Jul 31, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Jose Luis Huerta||TKO||2 (6), 0:52||Jun 26, 2004||Parque Revolución, Culiacán, Mexico|
|8||Win||8–0||Antonio Aguilar||KO||1 (4), 1:10||May 22, 2004||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico|
|7||Win||7–0||Arturo Ocampo||KO||2 (6)||Apr 24, 2004||Palenque de Gallos Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico|
|6||Win||6–0||Guadalupe Arce||KO||1 (4), 2:10||Mar 27, 2004||Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Mexico|
|5||Win||5–0||Oisin Fagan||UD||4||Feb 28, 2004||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Jose Burgos||UD||4||Jan 29, 2004||International Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Gerardo Penaflor||UD||4||Dec 5, 2003||International Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Eugene Johnson||KO||1 (4)||Nov 22, 2003||Centro de Espectáculos Alamar, Tijuana, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Jonathan Hernandez||UD||4||Sep 26, 2003||Parque Revolución, Culiacán, Mexico||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byAnte Bilic
|WBC Youth super welterweight champion
August 19, 2006 – September 2006
Title next held byZapir Rasulov
Title last held byUlises David Lopez
|WBC Continental Americas super welterweight champion
February 9, 2008 – July 2008
Title next held byJesús González
Title last held byCarlos Nascimento
|WBC Latino super welterweight champion
March 28, 2009 – October 2009
Title next held byMarcos Hector Vergara
|New title||WBC Silver middleweight champion
June 26, 2010 – June 4, 2011
Won world title
Title next held byAvtandil Khurtsidze
Title last held byLibrado Andrade
|WBC Continental Americas super middleweight champion
March 1, 2014 – April 2015
Title last held bySergio Martínez
|WBC middleweight champion
June 4, 2011 – September 15, 2012
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.
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- List of middleweight boxing champions
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