25 years ago today: The Chavez-Haugen monster card and the biggest live gate of all-time

25 years ago today: The Chavez-Haugen monster card and the biggest live gate of all-time

An incredible, record-breaking 133,000 fans packed into Azteca Stadium in Mexico a quarter of a century ago today; most, if not all of these fans in attendance to watch their fistic hero Julio Cesar Chavez beat up on trash-talking challenger Greg Haugen. The monster card that played out in front of a monstrous crowd (many millions of fight fans also tuning in on TV all around the globe) also saw great fighters Azumah Nelson, Terry Norris and Michael Nunn in action (all winning) and promoter extraordinaire Don King had brought us his latest, biggest boxing spectacular.

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When the great Julio Cesar Chavez lost his unbeaten record – 89-0-1!

When the great Julio Cesar Chavez lost his unbeaten record - 89-0-1!

Simply unbeatable in his prime years – 1984 to 1993 – Mexican icon and all-time great Julio Cesar Chavez tore through the super-featherweight, lightweight and super-lightweight divisions, capturing world titles in each weight class and retaining them for a substantial amount of time.

Chavez ducked no-one and he hadn’t even heard the term “cherry pick.” Among the fine fighters Chavez defeated: Mario Martinez, Ruben Castillo, Roger Mayweather, Rocky Lockridge, Edwin Rosario, Jose Luis Ramirez, Meldrick Taylor (twice) and Hector Camacho.

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“Don’t believe that,” says Anthony Dirrell on Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight

“Don't believe that,” says Anthony Dirrell on Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight

Anthony Dirrell says we can forget all about the recent tweet put out by Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, who said he would be fighting Dirrell on November 11 (the fight even going up on BoxRec). Speaking with Eric Woodyard of Michigan Live, Dirrell says he has another fight scheduled, with Dennis Douglas, on November 17.

“Don’t believe that,” Dirrell said of Chavez’ tweet. “It’s exciting and I’m just ready to get back into the groove (in the Douglas fight). I’ve probably got about a year more of this boxing and I’m just going to hang it up, honestly. I’ve been doing this almost 24 years, and it’s about that time. I’ve already set a goal to retire at 34 or 35, and I just feel like it’s the right time.”

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Canelo vs Chavez Jr: Oscar De La Hoya urges Chavez Jr to “stop tweeting lies and sign the contract”

Canelo vs Chavez Jr: Oscar De La Hoya urges Chavez Jr to “stop tweeting lies and sign the contract”

It seems Oscar De La Hoya is running out of patience over the ongoing negotiations for the possible May 6 Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight. The fight, if it happens, will be a huge attraction, taking place as it would over the Mexican festivities that accompany the Cinco de Mayo weekend – but the Golden Boy head has urged Chavez Jnr to hurry up and sign the contract.

Not only that, but De La Hoya has told Chavez Jnr to “stop tweeting lies.”

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Dream Fight: Julio Cesar Chavez Vs. Floyd Mayweather – J.C says he would have f****d Floyd up!

Dream Fight: Julio Cesar Chavez Vs. Floyd Mayweather – J.C says he would have f****d Floyd up!

There were plenty of boxing greats in Las Vegas last night to attend the big Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward fight, with big names from past and present on hand to watch the light-heavyweight title showdown. One of these great fighters was living legend Julio Cesar Chavez, the greatest Mexican fighter in history according to most experts and fans alike.

And while he was in town, the former multi-weight king was asked – and not for the first time – how he felt he would have done, in his prime, in a fight with 49-0 master Floyd Mayweather Junior. Chavez, who twice defeated Floyd’s uncle and trainer Roger, smiled as he told Fight Hype how, at 140-pounds, he would have “F****d him up.”

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Hail Cesar! Chavez, the greatest Mexican fighter ever born on this day in 1962

Hail Cesar! Chavez, the greatest Mexican fighter ever born on this day in 1962

Who is the greatest ever Mexican fighter: Ruben Olivares? Salvador Sanchez? Carlos Zarate? Miguel Canto? Juan Manuel Marquez? Erik Morales? Marco Antonio Barrera? Ricardo Lopez?

No, top of the list, above all this incredible talent, is the man who was born today in 1962 and went on to record an astonishing 107-6-2(86) pro record – the mighty, the incomparable Julio Cesar Chavez. Simply unbeatable in his prime years – 1984 to 1993 – Chavez tore through the super-featherweight, lightweight and super-lightweight divisions, capturing world titles in each weight class and retaining them for a substantial amount of time. Among the fine fighters Chavez defeated: Mario Martinez, Ruben Castillo, Roger Mayweather, Rocky Lockridge, Edwin Rosario, Jose Luis Ramirez, Meldrick Taylor and Hector Camacho.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Vs. Roberto Duran in the works for July 23rd in Vegas! (in an exhibition)

Julio Cesar Chavez Vs. Roberto Duran in the works for July 23rd in Vegas! (in an exhibition)

Quite often, when the subject of “Dream Fights” comes up, fight fans close their eyes and fantasize over just how special a lightweight super-fight between all-time greats Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez would be; and to wonder who would have emerged triumphant. Well, both long retired greats are well above the 135-pound limit today (and the 147, 154 and maybe 160-pound limit come to that) but they are set to face one another in a special attraction of a bout that Bob Arum is planning to add to his upcoming July 23rd show at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas (probably to be topped by Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol).

But calm down, the planned Duran-Chavez bout will be of the exhibition variety only. Arum told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com that he aims to have the two-round exhibition on his card in the name of fun. According to Rafael, the Nevada State Athletic Commission must first approve the bout, and decide what weight it will be “fought” at, but both living legends have said they definitely want to take part in the exhibition. Chavez is now 53-years-old, Duran – who will soon see a movie based on his incredible life released, with “Hands of Stone” set to hit cinemas in August – is 11 years older at 64.

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Julio Cesar Chavez not happy with his son, suggests he retires if he cannot maintain discipline

Julio Cesar Chavez not happy with his son, suggests he retires if he cannot maintain discipline

Mexican living legend Julio Cesar Chavez maintained an incredible work ethic throughout his great career and it was this discipline and hard work that was a big factor in his success. Julio Chavez Junior has inherited some of his father’s skills and toughness yet, as fans are well aware, Junior has had his share of problems when it comes to retaining both focus and discipline; what with the 30-year-old’s notorious problems making weight.

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