Julio Cesar Chavez: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor
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J.C. Chavez K.O. 12 Meldrick Taylor (1990)
Chavez was the undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion of the WBC and Taylor was the IBF Jr. Welterweight champ. Both men were making their third defense of their respective belts.
Taylor clearly won at least 8 out of the first ten rounds with his superior hand speed and quick footwork. Every shot Chavez landed was countered by two, sometimes three in return. The difference is that Taylor often landed fast arm punches while Chavez was landing damaging blows to the head and body. In the 11th Taylor had a puffed up and bloody face and although he was still landing he was also tiring badly and holding. In the final round with ten seconds to go Chavez landed a brutal right hand that floored Taylor. Taylor beat the count but was out on his feet and couldn't even respond to the ref. Fight over and Taylor's career ruined.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Edwin Rosario
J.C. Chavez K.O. 11 Edwin Rosario (1987)
Edwin Rosario was the lightweight champion making his second defense and Chavez was the jr. lightweight champion moving up in weight.
Julio Cesar Chavez pounded Rosario with a steady body attack in the first two rounds but took a few big right hands in those rounds which were very close. From the third through the eleventh Chavez landed more jabs, uppercuts, hooks and right hands than Rosario and his body attack was astonishing. Even more amazing was the fact that Rosario took the beating. After 11 damaging stanzas the ref stopped the massacre and Chavez was the new lightweight champion.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Hector Camacho
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J.C. Chavez W12 Hector Camacho (1992)
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Chavez took on former world champion Hector Camacho who entered the bout with a record of 40-1.
Chavez was tentative for one round as Camacho circled and landed some jabs. In the second through the seventh Camacho ran as fast as he could but Chavez still landed hard shots even though they were one at a time. Finally, Camacho stood his ground some in the 8th, 9th and 10th heats. Big mistake because Chavez tagged his eyes, jaw and ribs at will. In the 11th and 12th Camacho barely survived as J. C, Superstar pummeled him till the bell ended round twelve.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Roger Mayweather 2
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J.C. Chavez K.O. 10 Roger Mayweather (1989)
Chavez was the jr. Welterweight champion and Roger Mayweather was his top ranked challenger.
The bout was one sided from round one as Mayweather back paddled, circled and clinched while Chavez landed shots everywhere and anywhere he could. After the tenth round Mayweather quit complaining his stomach hurt. It hurt because Chavez beat his body up.
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Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Jose Luis Ramirez (1988)
Chavez was making the second defense of his WBA lightweight.championship while WBC champion Ramirez was making his third title defense.
The fight was heated for about five rounds with both exchanging big hooks and both men landing solidly. After that Chavez began to put on more pressure and Ramirez began to wilt under it. In the sixth and seventh heats Ramirez looked seriously stunned by body shots and in the eighth round he clinched from two overhand rights. The ninth was close as both men tagged the other with big punched on the inside but the tenth was all Chavez. He closed the tenth round landing over and over on the stationary Ramirez along the ropes. The 11th was the end as a clash of heads left Ramirez cut severely and unable to continue. The scorecards gave the match to the undefeated Chavez.
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J.C. Chavez W12 Rocky Lockridge (1986)
Chavez was the WBC Jr. Lightweight champion of the world and Lockridge was a top rated challenger.
The bout was somewhat close and competitive even though Chavez clearly won. After ten rounds Chavez held a slight edge due to his relentless pressure and constant punching. The 11th and 12th were Chavez swarming all over his foe to pull out the victory.
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J.C. Chavez K.O. 8 Mario Martinez (1984)
Both boxers entered the fight undefeated and the bout was for the vacant jr. Lightweight championship.
Chavez, known for being slow starter, lost or gave away two rounds before heating up. In the third and fourth he took a few hooks but landed hooks that staggered his opponent in return. The fifth was a slow round for both combatants but in the sixth and seventh Chavez opened up with both hands to head, body and arms. Martinez was reduced to a slow jab and tentative right hand at this point. Chavez landed hooks and right hands to score a solid knockout and win his first world title in the 8th round of this match.
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J.C. Chavez K.O. 6 Ruben Castillo (1985)
Chavez was making the second defense of his jr. Lightweight crown and former champion Castillo still had his punch and experience.
Chavez was hit multiple times in the first two rounds by bombs but some home absorbed them and landed his own in return. The third was a good round for Castillo until Chavez stopped him in his tracks with a straight right hand. Castillo began to absorb big hooks and clinch whenever he was in close. The fourth and fifth were all Chavez as he closed the gap and clipped Castillo multiple times with rights and hooks to the head and crisp left hooks to the midsection. In the sixth Chavez closed the show with a combination of rights and left to the head that put Castillo down for the count.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen
J.C. Chavez K.O. 5 Greg Haugen (1993)
Chavez was the jr. welterweight champion and former champion Greg Haugen was his top ranked opponent.
Chavez and Haugen hold the attendance record which they set with over 130,000 in attendance for the showdown. In the first Haugen went down from a short hook and he was pounded in the second. The third and fourth heats were all Chavez and Haugen barely landed anything solid. Chavez beat Haugen so bad in the fourth the ref almost halted the action several times. In the 5th round the ref showed mercy as he stopped the carnage as Chavez was pouring it on and Haugen was covering up looking like a spent billet.
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Tony Lopez
J.C. Chavez K.O. 10 Tony Lopez (1994)
Chavez was the Jr. Welterweight champion making his second defense. Tony Lopez was a former champion and the top ranked challenger.
Lopez landed his share of shots but was simply outmanned. Chavez mixed his attack well to the body and head. After ten rounds, Lopez was bleeding from cuts around both eyes and the Doctor stopped the bout.
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