DESPITE going in to the August 3, 1986 fight with Julio Cesar Chavez as an underdog, Rocky Lockridge had thrived in that role before in his first notable victory, when picking up the WBA super-featherweight title, knocking out Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s uncle, Roger Mayweather. Roger had also been defeated by Chavez, in two rounds in July 1985.
PRIOR to the Lockridge fight, Chavez had amassed 52 victories. He had also suffered a disqualification defeat against Miguel Ruiz in 1981. But it was changed to a knockout victory for Chavez, when the verdict was altered the following day, by the local boxing commission in Culiacan. Chavez’s manager happened to be a member of the commission at the time.
LOCKRIDGE’S camp believed that their man would be at an advantage going into the fight, due to the contest being scheduled for 12 rounds, as opposed to 15, as they admitted that Lockridge appeared to fade towards the latter part of his first two 15-round point’s defeats, against Wilfredo Gomez and Eusebio Pedroza.