Opinion

The 10 greatest lightweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, this week asks Birmingham Mail boxing journalistic legend Mike Lockley to name the 10 greatest lightweights of all time

10. Julio Cesar Chavez

One of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time, and that’s saying something!

OK, Chavez didn’t hang around too long at lightweight, but he was possibly at his mercurial best at nine-and-a-half stone.

Chavez was undefeated in 56 fights when he took the crown from Edwin Rosario in 1987, and defended three times.

He was first beaten in his 91st fight and holds the record for the largest crowd at a boxing match – 132,274 people crammed into Mexico’s Estadio Azteca to watch their hero beat Greg Haugen.

Julio Cesar Chavez works on a punchball during a training session Boxing  1994 Photo: Nick Kidd © Sporting Pictures (UK) Ltd Tel: 020 7405 4500 Fax: 020 7831 7991 www.sportingpictures.com Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Sporting Pictures

 

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