The significance of the Caesar of Boxing was such that Iron Mike admitted that he was his hero.
The importance of Julio César Chávez in the world of boxing was such that Mike Tyson, another of the giants of the discipline, became one of his fans, something that Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez was able to verify first-hand.
The multi-champion from Guadalajara and Tyson met to chat on the Hotboxin’ project, and there the heavyweight remembered how he lived one of Chávez’s defeats against Oscar de la Hoya, although without specifying if it was the one that occurred in 1996 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas or 1998 one at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“I cried when Óscar de la Hoya defeated (Julio César) Chávez. He’s my hero too,” said Iron Mike after Saúl’s coach Eddie Reynoso recalled a time when he did the same when he saw him fall to James” Buster “Douglas.
Reynoso recalled that he was “12 or 13 years old” when he saw the ebony giant fall for the first time in his career, with a superb knockout after ten rounds, to lose his full WBA, IBF, and WBC titles after 37 fights undefeated.
“The first sadness was when (Tyson) lost in Japan to Buster Douglas, I remember that I started crying. And the other when Chávez lost to Randall, but with him, it was the first time I felt something like this in the box,” recalled the coach.