Julio César Chávez

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Julio César Chávez
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Chávez in 2017
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Real nameJulio César Chávez González
Nickname(s)
  • J.C. Superstar
  • El César del Boxeo ("The Caesar of Boxing") [1]
  • El Gran Campeón Mexicano ("The Great Mexican Champion") [2]
  • Mr. KO
  • El León de Culiacán ("The Lion of Culiacán")
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Reach66 12 in (169 cm)
NationalityMexican
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 57)
Obregón, Sonora, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights115
Wins107
Wins by KO86
Losses6
Draws2

Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβez ɣonˈsales] ; born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio César Chávez Sr., is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005.

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A multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions, [3] Chávez was listed by The Ring magazine as the world's best boxer, pound for pound, from 1990 to 1993. [4] During his career he held the WBC super featherweight title from 1984 to 1987, the WBA and WBC lightweight titles between 1987 and 1989, the WBC light welterweight title twice between 1989 and 1996, and the IBF light welterweight title from 1990 to 1991. He also held the Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles from 1988 to 1989, and the lineal light welterweight title twice between 1990 and 1996. Chávez was named Fighter of the Year for 1987 and 1990 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring respectively.[ citation needed ]

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World Boxing Council Boxing organization

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Chávez holds records for the most total successful defenses of world titles (27, shared with Omar Narváez), most title fight victories and fighters beaten for the title (both at 31), and most title fights (37); he has the second most title defenses won by knockout (21, after Joe Louis with 23). 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's 1993 win over Greg Haugen at the Estadio Azteca set the record for the largest attendance for a boxing match: 132,274.

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He is ranked as the 17th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec, [5] #24 on ESPN's list of "50 Greatest Boxers of All Time", [6] and 18th on The Ring's "80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years". [7] In 2010 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011. [8] [9] He is the father of current boxers Omar Chávez and former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr. [10] [11] [12]

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Early life

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." [13] He began boxing as an amateur at the age of 16 and he then moved to Tijuana to pursue a professional career.

Ciudad Obregón City in Sonora, Mexico

Ciudad Obregón is the second largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and named for Sonoran revolutionary general and president of Mexico, Álvaro Obregón. It is situated 525 km (326 mi) south of the state's northern border with the U.S. state of Arizona. It is also the municipal seat of Cajeme municipality, located in the Yaqui Valley.

Sonora State of Mexico

Sonora, officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Sonora, is one of 31 states that, with Mexico City, comprise the 32 federal entities of United Mexican States. It is divided into 72 municipalities; the capital city is Hermosillo. Sonora is bordered by the states of Chihuahua to the east, Baja California to the northwest and Sinaloa to the south. To the north, it shares the U.S.–Mexico border primarily with the state of Arizona with a small length with New Mexico, and on the west has a significant share of the coastline of the Gulf of California.

Tijuana City in Baja California, Mexico

Tijuana is the largest city of both Baja California State and the Baja Peninsula. It is part of the San Diego–Tijuana transborder urban agglomeration and the larger Southern California megalopolis. As the 6th-largest city in Mexico and center of the 6th-largest metro area in Mexico, Tijuana exerts a strong influence in education and politics – across Mexico, in transportation, culture and art – across all three Californias, and in manufacturing and as a migration hub – across the North American continent. Currently one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Mexico, Tijuana maintains global city status. As of 2015, the city of Tijuana had a population of 1,641,570.

Career

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.[ citation needed ]

Culiacán Place in Sinaloa, Mexico

Culiacán is a city in northwestern Mexico. It is the largest city in and the capital of the state of Sinaloa. It is also the seat of Culiacán Municipality. It had an urban population of 785,800 in 2015 while 905,660 lived in the entire municipality. While the municipality has a total area of 4,758 km2 (1,837 sq mi), the city itself is considerably smaller, measuring only 65 km2 (25 sq mi).

Sinaloa State of Mexico

Sinaloa, officially the Estado libre y soberano de Sinaloa, is one of the 31 states which, with Mexico City, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 18 municipalities and its capital city is Culiacán Rosales.

A disqualification is a term used when a bout is stopped short of knockout or judges' decision because, intentionally, one or both contestants have repeatedly or flagrantly fouled an opponent or violated other rules. The disqualified boxer automatically loses the bout to the opponent. If both are disqualified, the result is usually declared a no contest regardless of round.

Super Featherweight

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. [14] 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. 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. [15] He successfully defended his WBC Super Featherweight title a total of nine times.

Lightweight

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. 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." [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 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

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

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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 Olympic gold medalist. Although Taylor rose at the referee's count of six, he failed to respond coherently to referee Richard Steele's questions after being issued a mandatory 8 count, 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 opted to move 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

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

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." [19] Ultimately, 132,274 showed up to set a world record for fight attendance (which still stands as of 2017) as 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 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

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 The Ring 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 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 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." [23] [24]

Chávez vs. De La Hoya

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." [13] [ dubious ][ dead link ]

Retirement and farewell fights

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 Championship Boxing). On September 17, 2005, at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Chávez suffered a TKO loss to until then 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

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[ when? ] he remains sober, in shape, training and weighs around 140 pounds (64 kg). [25]

Chávez is the father of Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. [26] 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.

Chavez's brother, Rafael Chavez Gonzalez, was murdered on Sunday, June 25, 2017, during a robbery at one of Rafael's businesses. [27]

Career in review

Julio Cesar Chavez in 2006 Julio Cesar Chavez.jpg
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 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 also lost to 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 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 time. 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). 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."[ citation needed ] As an in-fighter or "swarmer," Julio César Chávez was renowned specially for his devastating left hook and his extremely strong chin.[ citation needed ] Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, stated that Chávez was 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 chins in boxing history. In 2002, The Ring ranked Chávez as the 18th greatest fighter of the last 80 years.[ citation needed ] On December 7, 2010, his induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame was announced.[ citation needed ]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
115 fights107 wins6 losses
By knockout864
By decision212
Draws2
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
115Loss107–6–2 Flag of the United States.svg Grover Wiley RTD4 (10), 3:00Sep 17, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
114Win107–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ivan Robinson UD10May 28, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
113Win106–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie Randall UD10May 22, 2004 Flag of Mexico.svg Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico
112Win105–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Willy Wise TKO2 (10)Nov 22, 2003 Flag of Mexico.svg Centro de Espectáculos Alamar, Tijuana, Mexico
111Win104–5–2 Flag of the United States.svg Terry ThomasTKO2 (10), 0:50Nov 24, 2001 Flag of Mexico.svg Plaza de Toros Monumental, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
110Loss103–5–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kostya Tszyu TKO6 (12), 1:28Jul 29, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.For WBC light welterweight title
109Win103–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Buck Smith TKO3 (10)Dec 18, 1999 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
108Loss102–4–2 Flag of the United States.svg Willy Wise UD10Oct 2, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
107Win102–3–2 Flag of the United States.svg Marty JakubowskiTKO4 (10)Jul 10, 1999 Flag of Mexico.svg Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico
106Win101–3–2 Flag of the United States.svg Verdell Smith TKO4 (10), 1:36Apr 1, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
105Loss100–3–2 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya RTD8 (12), 3:00 Sep 18, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC and lineal welterweight titles
104Win100–2–2 Flag of the United States.svg Ken SiguraniTKO3 (10), 2:09Jun 25, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
103Draw99–2–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel Ángel González SD12Mar 7, 1998 Flag of Mexico.svg Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, MexicoFor vacant WBC light welterweight title
102Win99–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Larry LaCoursiere UD10 Jun 28, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
101Win98–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tony MartinUD10Mar 29, 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
100Win97–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Gamache TKO8 (10), 3:00Oct 12, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.
99Loss96–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Oscar De La Hoya TKO4 (12), 2:37 Jun 7, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
98Win96–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Walker TKO2 (10), 2:45Feb 9, 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
97Win95–1–1 Flag of Kenya.svg David Kamau UD12Sep 16, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
96Win94–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Craig HoukKO1 (10), 1:19Jul 29, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
95Win93–1–1 Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Parisi UD12 Apr 8, 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
94Win92–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Lopez TKO10 (12), 1:41Dec 10, 1994 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio de Béisbol, Monterrey, MexicoRetained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
93Win91–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Meldrick Taylor TKO8 (12), 1:41 Sep 17, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
92Win90–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie Randall TD8 (12), 2:57May 7, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won WBC and lineal light welterweight titles;
Split TD after Chávez was cut from an accidental head clash
91Loss89–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie Randall SD12Jan 29, 1994 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
90Win89–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Holligan TKO5 (12)Dec 18, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla City, MexicoRetained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
89Win88–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Mike PowellTKO4 (10)Oct 30, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
88Draw87–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Pernell Whitaker MD12Sep 10, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.For WBC and lineal welterweight titles
87Win87–0 Flag of Guyana.svg Terrence AlliTKO6 (12), 0:45 May 8, 1993 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
86Win86–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Silvio Walter RojasKO3 (10), 2:05Apr 10, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Auditorio Benito Juárez, Guadalajara, Mexico
85Win85–0 Flag of the United States.svg Greg Haugen TKO5 (12), 2:02Feb 20, 1993 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, MexicoRetained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
84Win84–0 Flag of the United States.svg Marty JakubowskiTKO6 (10), 0:18Dec 13, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
83Win83–0 Flag of the United States.svg Bruce PearsonKO3 (10)Oct 31, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
82Win82–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Héctor Camacho UD12Sep 12, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
81Win81–0 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie MitchellTKO4 (12), 0:56Aug 1, 1992 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
80Win80–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Angel HernandezTKO5 (12), 1:11Apr 10, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, MexicoRetained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
79Win79–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Soberanes Ramos KO4 (10)Mar 13, 1992 Flag of Mexico.svg La Paz, Mexico
78Win78–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ignacio PerdomoRTD7 (10), 3:00Dec 13, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Hermosillo, Mexico
77Win77–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Jorge Alberto MelianKO4 (10), 1:36Nov 12, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City, Mexico
76Win76–0 Flag of the United States.svg Lonnie Smith UD12Sep 14, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles
75Win75–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tommy SmallKO4 (10), 0:56Apr 26, 1991 Flag of Mexico.svg Estadio General Ángel Flores, Culiacán, Mexico
74Win74–0 Flag of the United States.svg John DuplessisTKO4 (12), 2:42Mar 18, 1991 Flag of the United States.svg The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles
73Win73–0 Flag of Korea (1899).svg Kyung-Duk AhnTKO3 (12), 2:14Dec 8, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles
72Win72–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jaime BalboaTKO4 (10), 2:10Nov 8, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Mazatlán, Mexico
71Win71–0 Flag of the United States.svg Russell MosleyKO3 (10)Aug 18, 1990 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
70Win70–0 Flag of Ghana.svg Akwei AddoKO2 (10)Jul 5, 1990 Flag of Spain.svg Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain
69Win69–0 Flag of the United States.svg Meldrick Taylor TKO12 (12), 2:58 Mar 17, 1990 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won IBF and vacant lineal light welterweight titles
68Win68–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Alberto de las Mercedes CortesTKO3 (12), 1:56Dec 16, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, MexicoRetained WBC light welterweight title
67Win67–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Sammy Fuentes RTD10 (12), 3:00Nov 18, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light welterweight title
66Win66–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon AramburuKO3 (10)Oct 27, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Mazatlán, Mexico
65Win65–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Rodolfo BattaKO1 (10), 2:56Oct 9, 1989 Flag of Mexico.svg Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico
64Win64–0 Flag of the United States.svg Kenny ViceTKO3 (10), 1:57Jul 30, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
63Win63–0 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Mayweather RTD10 (12), 3:00May 13, 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Won WBC light welterweight title
62Win62–0 Flag of Mexico.svg José Luis Ramírez TD11 (12), 0:54Oct 29, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA lightweight title;
Won WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal lightweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Ramírez was cut from an accidental head clash
61Win61–0 Flag of the United States.svg Vernon BuchananTKO3 (10), 2:02Aug 1, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
60Win60–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Rafael Limón TKO7 (10)Jun 4, 1988 Flag of Mexico.svg Mazatlán, Mexico
59Win59–0 Flag of Panama.svg Rodolfo AguilarTKO6 (12), 1:13Apr 16, 1988 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA lightweight title
58Win58–0 Flag of the United States.svg Nicky PerezTKO3 (10)Mar 5, 1988 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
57Win57–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Edwin Rosario TKO11 (12), 2:38Nov 21, 1987 Flag of the United States.svg Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Won WBA lightweight title
56Win56–0 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Danilo CabreraUD12Aug 21, 1987 Flag of Mexico.svg Agua Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, MexicoRetained WBC super featherweight title
55Win55–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Francisco Tomas Da CruzTKO3 (12), 2:31Apr 18, 1987 Flag of France.svg Nîmes, FranceRetained WBC super featherweight title
54Win54–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Juan Laporte UD12Dec 12, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
53Win53–0 Flag of the United States.svg Rocky Lockridge MD12Aug 3, 1986 Flag of Monaco.svg Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, MonacoRetained WBC super featherweight title
52Win52–0 Flag of the United States.svg Refugio RojasTKO7 (12), 2:33Jun 13, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
51Win51–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Faustino Martires BarriosTKO5 (12), 2:02May 15, 1986 Flag of France.svg Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, FranceRetained WBC super featherweight title
50Win50–0 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Roberto Collins LindoKO2 (10), 0:31Mar 22, 1986 Flag of the United States.svg Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
49Win49–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff BumpusTD5 (10), 1:19Dec 19, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Unanimous TD after Chávez was cut from an accidental head clash
48Win48–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dwight PratchettUD12Sep 21, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
47Win47–0 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Mayweather TKO2 (12), 2:30Jul 7, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
46Win46–0 Flag of the United States.svg Ruben Castillo TKO6 (12), 2:56Apr 19, 1985 Flag of the United States.svg The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.Retained WBC super featherweight title
45Win45–0 Flag of the United States.svg Manuel HernandezTKO3 (10)Jan 1, 1985 Flag of Mexico.svg Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico
44Win44–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Mario Martínez TKO8 (12), 3:00Sep 13, 1984 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Won vacant WBC super featherweight title
43Win43–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Delfino MendozaKO3Jun 13, 1984 Flag of Mexico.svg Hermosillo, Mexico
42Win42–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon AvitiaKO6May 4, 1984 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
41Win41–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Armando FloresKO3Sep 1, 1983 Flag of Mexico.svg Mazatlán, Mexico
40Win40–0 Flag of the United States.svg Adriano ArreolaPTS10Jul 16, 1983 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
39Win39–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Benjamin AbarcaKO5Dec 30, 1983 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
38Win38–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Romero SandovalKO2 (10), 1:58Jun 15, 1983 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
37Win37–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Javier FragosoKO4May 1, 1983 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
36Win36–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ernesto HerreraKO2Apr 4, 1983 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
35Win35–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Othoniel LopezKO4Feb 25, 1983 Flag of Mexico.svg Ensenada, Mexico
34Win34–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jerry LewisKO6Dec 11, 1982 Flag of the United States.svg Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
33Win33–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jerry LewisKO5Oct 23, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
32Win32–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jose ResendezKO6 (10)Sep 28, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
31Win31–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos RodriguezKO8Aug 20, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
30Win30–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Gustavo SalgadoKO2 (10)Jul 19, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
29Win29–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Carlos AlvaradoKO3May 8, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
28Win28–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Benny AbarcaPTS10Apr 26, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
27Win27–0 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny JensenKO3Mar 11, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
26Win26–0 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos BryantKO2Feb 19, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
25Win25–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon PerazaKO1Feb 4, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
24Win24–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesús GarcíaKO2Jan 29, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Guamúchil, Mexico
23Win23–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon LuqueKO1Jan 12, 1982 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
22Win22–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Manuel VasquezKO7Dec 17, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
21Win21–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jose Angel MedinaKO6Oct 19, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
20Win20–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jorge RamirezKO2Sep 25, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
19Win19–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Daniel FelizardoKO3 (10)Aug 31, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
18Win18–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesus Cuate LaraKO2 (10)Aug 7, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
17Win17–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Daniel MartinezKO1Jul 27, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
16Win16–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Bobby FernandezKO3Jul 10, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
15Win15–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Fidel NavarroKO1Jun 26, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
14Win14–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Victor GamezKO1Jun 5, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
13Win13–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Eduardo Lalo AcostaKO2May 8, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
12Win12–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel RuizKO1Mar 4, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
11Win11–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Julio GaxiolaKO4Feb 2, 1981 Flag of Mexico.svg Tijuana, Mexico
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Roberto FloresKO3Dec 15, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
9Win9–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Andres FelixKO2Nov 26, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
8Win8–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesus MartinezKO1Oct 13, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
7Win7–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Jesus Cuate LaraPTS10Sep 22, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
6Win6–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Miguel CebreroPTS10Sep 5, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
5Win5–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Tito GeraldoPTS6Jul 18, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Guamúchil, Mexico
4Win4–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Roberto GarciaTKO6 (6)May 20, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Guaymas, Mexico
3Win3–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon FloresKO3 (6)Apr 8, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Navojoa, Mexico
2Win2–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Fidencio CebrerosPTS6Mar 3, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico
1Win1–0 Flag of Mexico.svg Andres FelixKO2Feb 5, 1980 Flag of Mexico.svg Culiacán, Mexico

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Sporting positions
World boxing 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
Lineal lightweight champion
October 29, 1988 – May 13, 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