In Culiacan Sinaloa, with thousands of fans, national and international personalities, politicians and sport artists, former world Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez has been honored with the unveiling of a statue in his honor last Thursday.
Celebrating 25 years of experience in the boxing world, Chavez was accompanied by the technical director of the Mexican National Soccer Team, Miguel Herrera; Boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya and Don King; both presidents of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaiman and the World Boxing Association Gilberto Mendoza and the world champions: Jose Luis Ramirez, Jesse James Leija, Ricardo Lopez, Humberto González, Don King, Fernando Montiel, Marco Antonio Barrera Mario Martinez and Ruben Castillo and others.
“Julio is a legend of boxing and who filled Mexico and the world many emotions and pride. Today it has become a source of inspiration, “said Mauricio Sulaiman.
“Chavez is one of the best of all time, not only in Mexico but for the world. He is a great example for all boxers, because after retirement is in excellent condition, “Mendoza said.
Chavez statue is 3.5 meters height and 2.5 square meters base and was made by local sculptor Ricardo Becerra.
Chavez made his debut 35 years ago, on February 5, 1980 and retired on September 17, 2005 and during his career has accumulated 107 wins, 86 by knockout with six defeats and two draws.
He won the super featherweight and super lightweight world titles of the WBC, WBA, and IBF and was finally inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.