This is an article I wrote about Julio César Chávez for FightLockdown.com, that I thought I'd share with you guys on BloodyElbow.
It's the third in a series on boxing legends, just going over their life, career, defining moments etc. I debated posting it on BadLeftHook instead, but these are really boxing articles written for MMA fans (if that makes sense), so here it is. Interested to hear your thoughts, hope you enjoy it!
Julio César Chávez; the name just exudes machismo. Before you even set eyes on the man, an image is already building within your mind of an iron jawed, heavy handed, archetypal Mexican fighter. Seeing Chávez in action only cements this picture already growing inside your head. He wasn’t just a Mexican fighter, he was the Mexican fighter, the man all other Mexican boxers before or since would be measured against. Julio César Chávez: a bona fide boxing legend.
Born on July 12, 1962 in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, the young Julio’s days were spent playing around the railroad where his father worked. Coming from a family of ten (with four brothers and five sisters), Julio’s early years were spent living in an abandoned railroad car with the entire family. It is not hard to see that these disadvantaged beginnings helped to shape him into the fighter that world came to know.
Moving to the professional ranks after just 15 amateur bouts, Chávez compiled a record of 11-0 in his first year as a professional. His winning streak was almost halted prematurely, as he was controversially disqualified for knocking out Miguel Ruiz with a blow that was deemed to have landed after the bell signifying the end of the first round. The decision was reviewed by the Mexican boxing commission the next day, and was unanimously overturned after some particularly shrewd tactics by Chavez’ manager, Ramon Felix, who just so happened to be a member of the commission. The result was all that mattered, and an 18 year old Julio César Chávez was 12-0, and undeterred in his pursuit of greatness.
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The first two in the series are on Roberto Durán and Henry Armstrong. If anybody's interested I can get you links to them as well, although they should be available via my profile link at the bottom of the original article.