Julio César Chávez, the best Mexican boxer in history, punished the Puerto Rican Héctor Camacho Jr., son of ‘Macho’ Camacho, one of his fiercest rivals, in the last fight of his life.
“I want to tell you that thank you very much, I am not going to get back into a ring in an exhibition, my body is already tired,” said Chávez, 58, after the fight.
At the Jalisco stadium, located in the Mexican city of Guadalajara, western Mexico, both boxers played four rounds with masks.
Chavez, a world title winner in super featherweight, lightweight and super lightweight, was always on the attack against a Camacho Jr. who endured punishment.
Julio César Chávez sought to punish the Puerto Rican’s liver, who tried to respond with hugs and combinations towards the head.
In the fourth round, Chávez wanted to take off his mask, but his family did not allow it, even so he finished the exhibition fight against the son of one of his former rivals.
In addition to his fight, the undercard featured his sons, Omar and Julio César Chávez Jr., former world middleweight champion.
Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva defeated Chávez Jr. by split decision.
Silva, who had his third fight in boxing, the first since 2005, at 46, was confident in the ring, with good combinations at the head of Chávez Jr., who suffered a cut on his right eyebrow.
Silva’s record was two wins, one by knockout, and one loss, while Chávez Jr. set his record at 52 wins, 34 fast-track, five losses and a draw.
Ramón ‘Inocente’ Álvarez, brother of Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, defeated Omar Chávez by unanimous decision, which left his record with 29 wins, 16 by knockout, eight losses and three draws, while Chávez put his mark on 38 wins, 25 fast track, six losses and a draw.
The fight began even with both boxers looking to knock out their rival, but in the fourth round an accidental head butt caused a cut to Chávez’s right eyebrow, which ended up benefiting ‘Inocente’ and defining the fight.
Johansen Álvarez, ‘Canelo’s’ nephew, made his professional debut with a victory by technical knockout against Erick Hernández.
At the age of 17, the super featherweight landed strong blows from the first moments that caused the referee to stop the fight in less than three minutes against his rival, who also experienced his first fight as a professional. EFE (HN)