History | Jan 29 2020

On This Day: Julio Cesar Chavez lost his incredible unbeaten record

Julio Cesar Chavez lost to a challenger who simply refused to crumble

THE MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas has hosted more big boxing shows than any other venue over the last two decades, yet 26 years ago it was a brand-new arena.

It’s first show, set for January 29, 1994, saw Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez defend his WBC super-lightweight title against American Frankie Randall, and Claude Abrams previewed the bill.

Claude wrote that Chavez was continuing his quest “to retire undefeated in 100 fights”, having conceded just one draw in 91 outings by that stage. Randall represented the Mexican’s 24th world title fight across three weight divisions (130lbs, 135lbs, 140lbs) and his sixth WBC super-light defence.