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Julio César Chávez is a retired Mexican professional boxer and world lightweight champion who, for many years, was one of Mexico's most popular sports figures.
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Julio César Chávez was born on July 12, 1962 in Culiacan, Mexico. He started his boxing career in 1980, and his first title was the World Boxing Council's version of the junior-lightweight championship in 1984. He then won recognition from the rival World Boxing Association. After one successful defense of the WBA title, he was recognized by both. Through 2000, he had a record of 103 victories. Now retired, Chávez still devotes much of his time to the sport, leading boxing programs and working with his son, Julio César Chávez Jr., who is also a pro boxer.
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