Julio César Chávez was born on July 12, 1962, in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. He started his professional boxing career in 1980, winning his first 43 bouts before capturing the World Boxing Council's super featherweight title in 1984. Chávez went on to claim the World Boxing Association lightweight title in 1987, the WBC lightweight title in 1988 and the WBC light welterweight belt in 1989. Known for his aggressive body blows, Chávez notched 89 wins and one draw before suffering his first loss, to Frankie Randall, in 1994. Although he defeated Randall in a rematch, he relinquished the WBC light welterweight crown to Oscar De La Hoya in 1996, and lost one final title bout in 2000, to Kostya Tszyu. Chávez retired in 2005 with a career record of 107-6-2, and has since seen sons Julio César Chávez Jr. and Omar Chávez follow in his footsteps with success in the boxing ring.
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