Mexico`s brightest ever Superstar Julio César Chávez, stepped into a ring for the last time and thrilled boxing fans, defying the encroaching years, to dazzle, as only he can.
Pencil slim Julio Sr, showed what he’s made of against a portly Héctor ‘Macho’ Camacho Jr., at the Jalisco stadium in Guadalajara, in 4 exciting rounds.
A step slower and slightly more vulnerable to the right southpaw jab, the Great, Great, Greatest Julio, dug deep and slithers of his magnificence re-emerged from decades past, in technicolor flashes, highlighted by his legendary left hook to the liver. Chopped liver!
Camacho responded to the attacks, but mainly dedicated himself to guarding against the blows of the ‘El Gran Campeon’
Canelo even came to the ring, prior to the final round, with the crowd cheering. They were witnessing tge torch of Mexican greatness being symbolically onpassed.
JC Chávez’s prodigious professional career forever stands 107 wins, 86 of those wins by knockout and six losses.
On the same card, Brazilian Anderson Silva (2-1, 1 KO) clearly defeated Julio César Chávez, Jr. (52-5-1, 34 KOs), with scores of 77-75 (Chávez), 77- 75 (Silva) and 77-75 (Silva).
And in a rematch duel duel, Mexican Ramon “Inocente” Álvarez (28-8-3, 16 KOs) defeated, by unanimous decision in eight rounds, Omar “Businessman” Chávez (38-6-1, 25 KOs). A clash of heads in the fourth opened up a deep cut to the right of Omar’s right eye, masking his face crimson, with the blood leaking down on to his pale chest.
In the sixth, the Referee called time out and the Ring Doctor wiped the blood away, but it wasn’t staunched or stemmed and freely flowed all over again.
Omar remonstrated with her. The bottom line was his instance: “I`m a Chavez…and I’m fighting on!” Thus in defeat he gained admiration. Great sportsmanship, as he went over congratulated and embraced Ramon.
It`s what makes our Boxing so VERY GREAT!