Julio César Chávez González (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxuljo ˈsesaɾ ˈtʃaβes ɣonˈsales]; born July 12, 1962), also known as Julio César Chávez Sr., is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1980 to 2005. He is considered by acclamation as the greatest Mexican boxer of all time, and one of the greatest boxers of all time.
A multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions, Chávez was considered the world's best active boxer, pound for pound for several years. 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.
Chávez holds the records for the most total successful defenses of world titles (27, shared with Omar Narváez), most title fight victories (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.
Chávez was known for his outstanding punching power, devastating body attack, remarkably strong chin and the relentless stalking of his opponents. He ranks #8 on BoxRec ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time, #24 on ESPN's list of "50 Greatest Boxers of All Time", and ranks #18 on Ring Magazine's "80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years". In 2010 he was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011. He is the father of current boxers Omar Chávez and former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr.
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." He began boxing as an amateur at the age of 16 and he then moved to Tijuana to pursue a professional 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.
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. 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, Monaco. 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. He successfully defended his WBC Super Featherweight title a total of nine times.
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 against the hard punching Puerto Rican. 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."
On April 16, 1988, Chávez defeated number one ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar (20-0-1) by sixth-round technical knockout. 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.
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.
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 olympian. Although Taylor rose at the referee's count of six, he failed to respond coherently to referee Richard Steele's questions 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." 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 moved 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.
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.
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." 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 sportingly responded, "They must have been tough taxi drivers." Later that year, Chávez scored a sixth-round TKO victory over number one ranked contender Terrence Alli.
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 Ring Magazine 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 Magazine 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!" 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." 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."
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."[dubious ][dead link]
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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 Pay-Per-View). 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.
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 he remains sober, in shape, training and weighs around 140 pounds (64 kg).
Chávez is the father of prospect Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. 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 25th, 2017, during a robbery to one of Rafael's businesses.
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 finally 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). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years. 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. He was ranked #50 on Ring Magazine's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time." As an in-fighter or swarmer, Julio César Chávez was renowned specially for his devastating left hook and his extremely strong chin. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, stated that Chávez is one of the greatest fighters of his generation and top five of all time from his point of view. 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. On December 7, 2010, his induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame was announced.
|Professional record summary|
|115 fights||107 wins||6 losses|
|115||Loss||107–6–2||Grover Wiley||RTD||4 (10), 3:00||Sep 17, 2005||America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|114||Win||107–5–2||Ivan Robinson||UD||10||May 28, 2005||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|113||Win||106–5–2||Frankie Randall||UD||10||May 22, 2004||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico|
|112||Win||105–5–2||Willy Wise||TKO||2 (10)||Nov 22, 2003||Centro de Espectáculos Alamar, Tijuana, Mexico|
|111||Win||104–5–2||Terry Thomas||TKO||2 (10), 0:50||Nov 24, 2001||Plaza de Toros Monumental, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|110||Loss||103–5–2||Kostya Tszyu||TKO||6 (12), 1:28||Jul 29, 2000||Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||For WBC light welterweight title|
|109||Win||103–4–2||Buck Smith||TKO||3 (10)||Dec 18, 1999||Culiacán, Mexico|
|108||Loss||102–4–2||Willy Wise||UD||10||Oct 2, 1999||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|107||Win||102–3–2||Marty Jakubowski||TKO||4 (10)||Jul 10, 1999||Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico|
|106||Win||101–3–2||Verdell Smith||TKO||4 (10), 1:36||Apr 1, 1999||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.|
|105||Loss||100–3–2||Oscar De La Hoya||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Sep 18, 1998||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBC and lineal welterweight titles|
|104||Win||100–2–2||Ken Sigurani||TKO||3 (10), 2:09||Jun 25, 1998||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.|
|103||Draw||99–2–2||Miguel Ángel González||SD||12||Mar 7, 1998||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico||For vacant WBC light welterweight title|
|102||Win||99–2–1||Larry LaCoursiere||UD||10||Jun 28, 1997||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|101||Win||98–2–1||Tony Martin||UD||10||Mar 29, 1997||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|100||Win||97–2–1||Joey Gamache||TKO||8 (10), 3:00||Oct 12, 1996||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|99||Loss||96–2–1||Oscar De La Hoya||TKO||4 (12), 2:37||Jun 7, 1996||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|98||Win||96–1–1||Scott Walker||TKO||2 (10), 2:45||Feb 9, 1996||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|97||Win||95–1–1||David Kamau||UD||12||Sep 16, 1995||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|96||Win||94–1–1||Craig Houk||KO||1 (10), 1:19||Jul 29, 1995||Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.|
|95||Win||93–1–1||Giovanni Parisi||UD||12||Apr 8, 1995||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|94||Win||92–1–1||Tony Lopez||TKO||10 (12), 1:41||Dec 10, 1994||Estadio de Béisbol, Monterrey, Mexico||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|93||Win||91–1–1||Meldrick Taylor||TKO||8 (12), 1:41||Sep 17, 1994||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|92||Win||90–1–1||Frankie Randall||TD||8 (12), 2:57||May 7, 1994||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
|91||Loss||89–1–1||Frankie Randall||SD||12||Jan 29, 1994||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|90||Win||89–0–1||Andy Holligan||TKO||5 (12)||Dec 18, 1993||Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla City, Mexico||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|89||Win||88–0–1||Mike Powell||TKO||4 (10)||Oct 30, 1993||Ciudad Juárez, Mexico|
|88||Draw||87–0–1||Pernell Whitaker||MD||12||Sep 10, 1993||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||For WBC and lineal welterweight titles|
|87||Win||87–0||Terrence Alli||TKO||6 (12), 0:45||May 8, 1993||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|86||Win||86–0||Silvio Walter Rojas||KO||3 (10), 2:05||Apr 10, 1993||Auditorio Benito Juárez, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|85||Win||85–0||Greg Haugen||TKO||5 (12), 2:02||Feb 20, 1993||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|84||Win||84–0||Marty Jakubowski||TKO||6 (10), 0:18||Dec 13, 1992||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|83||Win||83–0||Bruce Pearson||KO||3 (10)||Oct 31, 1992||Culiacán, Mexico|
|82||Win||82–0||Héctor Camacho||UD||12||Sep 12, 1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|81||Win||81–0||Frankie Mitchell||TKO||4 (12), 0:56||Aug 1, 1992||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|80||Win||80–0||Angel Hernandez||TKO||5 (12), 1:11||Apr 10, 1992||Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|79||Win||79–0||Juan Soberanes Ramos||KO||4 (10)||Mar 13, 1992||La Paz, Mexico|
|78||Win||78–0||Ignacio Perdomo||RTD||7 (10), 3:00||Dec 13, 1991||Hermosillo, Mexico|
|77||Win||77–0||Jorge Alberto Melian||KO||4 (10), 1:36||Nov 12, 1991||Mexico City, Mexico|
|76||Win||76–0||Lonnie Smith||UD||12||Sep 14, 1991||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal light welterweight titles|
|75||Win||75–0||Tommy Small||KO||4 (10), 0:56||Apr 26, 1991||Estadio General Ángel Flores, Culiacán, Mexico|
|74||Win||74–0||John Duplessis||TKO||4 (12), 2:42||Mar 18, 1991||The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles|
|73||Win||73–0||Kyung-Duk Ahn||TKO||3 (12), 2:14||Dec 8, 1990||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBC, IBF, and lineal light welterweight titles|
|72||Win||72–0||Jaime Balboa||TKO||4 (10), 2:10||Nov 8, 1990||Mazatlán, Mexico|
|71||Win||71–0||Russell Mosley||KO||3 (10)||Aug 18, 1990||Culiacán, Mexico|
|70||Win||70–0||Akwei Addo||KO||2 (10)||Jul 5, 1990||Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Spain|
|69||Win||69–0||Meldrick Taylor||TKO||12 (12), 2:58||Mar 17, 1990||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title;
Won IBF and vacant lineal light welterweight titles
|68||Win||68–0||Alberto de las Mercedes Cortes||TKO||3 (12), 1:56||Dec 16, 1989||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBC light welterweight title|
|67||Win||67–0||Sammy Fuentes||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||Nov 18, 1989||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC light welterweight title|
|66||Win||66–0||Ramon Aramburu||KO||3 (10)||Oct 27, 1989||Mazatlán, Mexico|
|65||Win||65–0||Rodolfo Batta||KO||1 (10), 2:56||Oct 9, 1989||Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico|
|64||Win||64–0||Kenny Vice||TKO||3 (10), 1:57||Jul 30, 1989||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|63||Win||63–0||Roger Mayweather||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||May 13, 1989||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Won WBC light welterweight title|
|62||Win||62–0||José Luis Ramírez||TD||11 (12), 0:54||Oct 29, 1988||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
|61||Win||61–0||Vernon Buchanan||TKO||3 (10), 2:02||Aug 1, 1988||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|60||Win||60–0||Rafael Limón||TKO||7 (10)||Jun 4, 1988||Mazatlán, Mexico|
|59||Win||59–0||Rodolfo Aguilar||TKO||6 (12), 1:13||Apr 16, 1988||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBA lightweight title|
|58||Win||58–0||Nicky Perez||TKO||3 (10)||Mar 5, 1988||Tijuana, Mexico|
|57||Win||57–0||Edwin Rosario||TKO||11 (12), 2:38||Nov 21, 1987||Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Won WBA lightweight title|
|56||Win||56–0||Danilo Cabrera||UD||12||Aug 21, 1987||Agua Caliente Racetrack, Tijuana, Mexico||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|55||Win||55–0||Francisco Tomas Da Cruz||TKO||3 (12), 2:31||Apr 18, 1987||Nîmes, France||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|54||Win||54–0||Juan Laporte||UD||12||Dec 12, 1986||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|53||Win||53–0||Rocky Lockridge||MD||12||Aug 3, 1986||Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|52||Win||52–0||Refugio Rojas||TKO||7 (12), 2:33||Jun 13, 1986||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|51||Win||51–0||Faustino Martires Barrios||TKO||5 (12), 2:02||May 15, 1986||Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris, France||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|50||Win||50–0||Roberto Collins Lindo||KO||2 (10), 0:31||Mar 22, 1986||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|49||Win||49–0||Jeff Bumpus||TD||5 (10), 1:19||Dec 19, 1985||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Unanimous TD after Chávez was cut from an accidental head clash|
|48||Win||48–0||Dwight Pratchett||UD||12||Sep 21, 1985||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|47||Win||47–0||Roger Mayweather||TKO||2 (12), 2:30||Jul 7, 1985||Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|46||Win||46–0||Ruben Castillo||TKO||6 (12), 2:56||Apr 19, 1985||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBC super featherweight title|
|45||Win||45–0||Manuel Hernandez||TKO||3 (10)||Jan 1, 1985||Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, Mexico|
|44||Win||44–0||Mario Martínez||TKO||8 (12), 3:00||Sep 13, 1984||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBC super featherweight title|
|43||Win||43–0||Delfino Mendoza||KO||3||Jun 13, 1984||Hermosillo, Mexico|
|42||Win||42–0||Ramon Avitia||KO||6||May 4, 1984||Culiacán, Mexico|
|41||Win||41–0||Armando Flores||KO||3||Sep 1, 1983||Mazatlán, Mexico|
|40||Win||40–0||Adriano Arreola||PTS||10||Jul 16, 1983||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|39||Win||39–0||Benjamin Abarca||KO||5||Dec 30, 1983||Culiacán, Mexico|
|38||Win||38–0||Romero Sandoval||KO||2 (10), 1:58||Jun 15, 1983||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|37||Win||37–0||Javier Fragoso||KO||4||May 1, 1983||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|36||Win||36–0||Ernesto Herrera||KO||2||Apr 4, 1983||Tijuana, Mexico|
|35||Win||35–0||Othoniel Lopez||KO||4||Feb 25, 1983||Ensenada, Mexico|
|34||Win||34–0||Jerry Lewis||KO||6||Dec 11, 1982||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|33||Win||33–0||Jerry Lewis||KO||5||Oct 23, 1982||Tijuana, Mexico|
|32||Win||32–0||Jose Resendez||KO||6 (10)||Sep 28, 1982||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico|
|31||Win||31–0||Santos Rodriguez||KO||8||Aug 20, 1982||Culiacán, Mexico|
|30||Win||30–0||Gustavo Salgado||KO||2 (10)||Jul 19, 1982||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico|
|29||Win||29–0||Juan Carlos Alvarado||KO||3||May 8, 1982||Culiacán, Mexico|
|28||Win||28–0||Benny Abarca||PTS||10||Apr 26, 1982||Tijuana, Mexico|
|27||Win||27–0||Johnny Jensen||KO||3||Mar 11, 1982||Tijuana, Mexico|
|26||Win||26–0||Carlos Bryant||KO||2||Feb 19, 1982||Culiacán, Mexico|
|25||Win||25–0||Ramon Peraza||KO||1||Feb 4, 1982||Tijuana, Mexico|
|24||Win||24–0||Jesús García||KO||2||Jan 29, 1982||Guamúchil, Mexico|
|23||Win||23–0||Ramon Luque||KO||1||Jan 12, 1982||Tijuana, Mexico|
|22||Win||22–0||Manuel Vasquez||KO||7||Dec 17, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|21||Win||21–0||Jose Angel Medina||KO||6||Oct 19, 1981||Tijuana, Mexico|
|20||Win||20–0||Jorge Ramirez||KO||2||Sep 25, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|19||Win||19–0||Daniel Felizardo||KO||3 (10)||Aug 31, 1981||Tijuana, Mexico|
|18||Win||18–0||Jesus Cuate Lara||KO||2 (10)||Aug 7, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|17||Win||17–0||Daniel Martinez||KO||1||Jul 27, 1981||Tijuana, Mexico|
|16||Win||16–0||Bobby Fernandez||KO||3||Jul 10, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|15||Win||15–0||Fidel Navarro||KO||1||Jun 26, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|14||Win||14–0||Victor Gamez||KO||1||Jun 5, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|13||Win||13–0||Eduardo Lalo Acosta||KO||2||May 8, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|12||Win||12–0||Miguel Ruiz||KO||1||Mar 4, 1981||Culiacán, Mexico|
|11||Win||11–0||Julio Gaxiola||KO||4||Feb 2, 1981||Tijuana, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Roberto Flores||KO||3||Dec 15, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|9||Win||9–0||Andres Felix||KO||2||Nov 26, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|8||Win||8–0||Jesus Martinez||KO||1||Oct 13, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|7||Win||7–0||Jesus Cuate Lara||PTS||10||Sep 22, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|6||Win||6–0||Miguel Cebrero||PTS||10||Sep 5, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|5||Win||5–0||Tito Geraldo||PTS||6||Jul 18, 1980||Guamúchil, Mexico|
|4||Win||4–0||Roberto Garcia||TKO||6 (6)||May 20, 1980||Guaymas, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Ramon Flores||KO||3 (6)||Apr 8, 1980||Navojoa, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Fidencio Cebreros||PTS||6||Mar 3, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Andres Felix||KO||6 (6)||Feb 5, 1980||Culiacán, Mexico||Professional debut|
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byHéctor Camacho
|WBC super featherweight champion
September 13, 1984 – August 21, 1987
Title next held byAzumah Nelson
|WBA lightweight champion
November 21, 1987 – October 29, 1988
Title next held byEdwin Rosario
José Luis Ramírez
|WBC lightweight champion
October 29, 1988 – May 13, 1989
Title next held byPernell Whitaker
Title last held byAlexis Argüello
|The Ring lightweight champion
October 29, 1988 – March 2, 1989
|Lineal lightweight champion
October 29, 1988 – May 13, 1989
|WBC light welterweight champion
May 13, 1989 – January 29, 1994
Title last held byWilfred Benítez
|Lineal light welterweight champion
March 17, 1990 – January 29, 1994
|IBF light welterweight champion
March 17, 1990 – December 8, 1990
Title next held byRafael Pineda
|WBC light welterweight champion
May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996
Oscar De La Hoya
|Lineal light welterweight champion
May 7, 1994 – June 7, 1996