Julio César Chávez González (July 12, 1962) is a retired Mexican professional boxer. He is considered by many as the greatest fighter ever to come out of Mexico.
Chávez is a six-time world champion in three weight divisions, and for several years he was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. In a career that spanned over 25 years, Chávez won the WBC Super Featherweight in 1984, WBA Lightweight in 1987, WBC Lightweight in 1988, WBC Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1990, and WBC Light Welterweight in 1994.
He holds records for most successful defenses of world titles (27), most title fight victories (31), most title fights (37), and he is after Joe Louis (with 23) for most title defenses won by knockout (21). Chávez also has the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years. His record was 89-0-1 going into his first official loss to Frankie Randall and had an 87 fight win streak until his draw with Pernell Whitaker. Julio César Chávez was known for his outstanding punching power, devastating body attack, remarkably strong chin and his relentless stalking on the opponents. He ranks #24 on ESPN’s 50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time. On December 7, 2010, he was inducted in the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011. He is the father of prospect Omar Chávez and former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr.