Julio Cesar Chavez Biography

(Mexican Former Professional Boxer and Multiple-Time World Champion in Three Weight Divisions)

Birthday: July 4, 1962 (Cancer)

Born In: Ciudad Obregón, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez is a former Mexican professional boxer. For his remarkable performance in the arena of boxing, he was regarded for several years as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. In his 25-year career as boxer, he won six world titles in three weight divisions: WBC Super Featherweight in 1984, WBA Lightweight in 1987, WBC Lightweight in 1988, WBC Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1990 and WBC Light Welterweight in 1994. For the thirteen consecutive years, he did not lost a single match. It was Frankie Randall who defeated him for the first time. The interesting fact is that, he defeated Randall in a fight by a ten round decision even after taking retirement from boxing. As a successful boxer, he is notable for his remarkable punching power and indomitable spirit. For his praiseworthy performance in the arena of boxing, he has ranked 24 on ESPN’s ‘50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time’. Prominent heavyweight champion Mike Tyson referred him as one of the greatest fighters of his generation. Currently he is engaged with his work as an analyst for a popular sports channel.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Julio César Chávez González, Julio César Chávez Sr.

Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Males


father: Rodolfo Chavez

children: Julio César Chávez Jr., Omar Chávez

Boxers Mexican Men

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

Childhood & Early Life
Born in a poor family of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Julio Cesar Chavez grew up with his five sisters and four brothers. His father Rudolfo Chavez worked for the railroad.
To earn money, he decided to be a boxer. At the age of sixteen, he started boxing as an amateur. Later he shifted to Culiacan, North-western Mexico to pursue a career in boxing.
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He performed for the first time as a professional boxer at the age of 17. He faced Miguel Ruiz during his twelfth fight on March 4, 1981. At the end of the first round, his delivery of blow knocked Ruiz out. The blow was delivered as the bell sounded; as a result Chavez was disqualified and Ruiz won the bout. But on the next day, when his manager Ramon Felix and the Mexican boxing commission changed the result, he was proclaimed the winner.
On September 13, 1984, he knocked out Mario “Azabache” Martinez at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. This win brought him his first championship title, the WBC Super Featherweight.
He won against former WBA and future IBF Super Featherweight champion Rocky Lockridge on August 3, 1986 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In the next round, he defeated former champion Juan Laporte, by a controversial decision.
In November 1987, after shifting his preference to the lightweight division, he faced WBA Lightweight Champion Edwin Rosario. Chavez fought outstandingly to defeat Rosario by an eleventh round TKO.
On April 16, 1988, Chavez defeated top ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar in sixth round knockout.
On June 4, 1988, he defeated former two-time champion Rafael Lim�n in seventh round knockout to successfully defend his title.
In the same year, he faced Jose Luis Ramirez. Due to an injury on Ramirez’s forehead, the match was halted. After considering the scorecards, the judges declared Chavez as the winner. This victory earned him ‘The Ring’ Lightweight title.
This incident created great agitation amongst fans and media. Later, “The Ring”, an American boxing magazine referred this fight as the “Fight of the Year” for 1990.
On April 10, 1992, he defeated Angel Hernandez in the fifth round. In the same year, he also defeated Frankie Mitchell by fourth round TKO.
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In 1992, he faced Hector “Macho” Camacho and defeated him. For his remarkable performance in this fight, the Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari sent a special car for him to take him from the airport to the President’s house after his arrival in Mexico.
In 1993, he also won a fight against Greg Haugen .In September of the same year, he challenged Pernell Whitaker for his WBC Welterweight title. The match ended in a draw.
In December 1993, he defeated Andy Holligan, the British Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion by fifth round TKO.
In January 1994, Chavez was knocked down for the first time in his career, when he lost to Frankie Randall in a split decision.He blamed the match referee Richard Steele for his defeat in the fight as the referee deducted two points from his scorecard for his delivery of low blows. This match created much uproar in the media.
When the WBC organized a rematch, he won the fight on a split technical decision in May 1994. Later, he faced Meldrick Taylor whom he defeated in the eighth round.
In 1995, he won a fight against Light Welterweight Champion Giovanni Parisi. In the same year, he defended his title against David Kamau, the number one ranked challenger.
In 1997, he fought against Miguel Angel Gonzalez for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title which ended in a double draw. But he faced defeat against De La Hoya in a rematch in September 1998.
In 1999, Chavez won his first two bouts before losing to newcomer Willy Wise.
In 2000, he challenged Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu but lost the bout in the 6th round TKO.
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In 2001, Chavez retired after a victory over Terry Thomas.
He came out of the retirement on November 24, 2003 to avenge his avenge his earlier loss to Willy Wise, and knocked him out in two rounds.
In April 2004, Chavez defeated Frankie Randall, in what he claimed would be his last appearance.
On May 28, 2005, Chavez once again donned the boxing gloves and knocked out Ivan Robinson in ten rounds.
On September 17, 2005, he lost to Grover Wiley and retired after injuring his right hand.
Awards & Achievements
He 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 inducted to the 'International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Amalia Carrasco with whom he has two children, namely, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Omar Chavez. Both of his children are professional boxer.
In the later part of his life, he became a drug addict and alcoholic. In an interview, he stated that he started drinking the night after his fight with Edwin Rosario. He also became a cocaine addict.
He visited rehab centres for several time for his treatment. Presently, he works as an analyst for ESPN and TV Azteca nowadays.
He holds records for most successful consecutive defenses of world titles (27), most title fights (37), most title-fight victories (31).
This boxer also holds the record for the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years.

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