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Classic Biofile with Julio Cesar Chavez

(Note: This Biofile with legendary champion is from 1993 – my second year as a professional journalist. It was the peak of the Chavez reign, just before the infamous San Antonio showdown on September 10, 1993. I was very lucky to get this Biofile with Chavez who did very few one-on-one interviews with American media. Glady Rosa helped with translation.)

Status: Former six-time world champion. Boxed from 1983-2005. Ring record is 107-6-2 (86 KO’s).

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 147

DOB: July 12, 1962 In: Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico

Nicknames: JC, Mr. KO, The Greatest Mexican Champion, The Caesar of Boxing.

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning my first world title belt (WBC Super Featherweight title by KO over Mario Martinez in Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.)”

Favorite Movies: “Any starring Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis.”

Favorite Boxers To Watch: “Mike Tyson, Jose Napoles, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Azumah Nelson, Oscar De La Hoya.”

First Job: “Selling newspapers.”

Best Book Read: “The Bible.”

Favorite Sports Outside Boxing: “Soccer and basketball.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Mazatlan.”

Musical Tastes: “The Beatles – “Hey Jude”, Luis Miguel, Ana Garbiel, Daniela Romo.”

Favorite Meal: “Sushi, seafood.”

Pre-Fight Meal: “Seven fishes soup.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Vanilla.”

Hobbies/Leisure Activities: “Singing, soccer, beach lover.”

Childhood Dreams: “To play pro soccer, become pro boxer.”

Funniest Boxers Encountered: “Hector Camacho, Maromero Paez.”

Closest Friends In Boxing: “Azumah Nelson.”

Current Cars: “Lamborghini, Ferrari – Mike Tyson sold it to me, two Corvettes, two Mercedes Benzes, three stretch limos.”

Most Treasured Possession: “My family.”

People Most Admired: “Mexico’s President Salinas, Don King.”

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