Chavez Father and Son: A Rare One-Two

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October 8, 2005

A fighting heritage

Family has always run deep in the sport of boxing, but the father-son team of Julio César Chávez Sr. and Jr. stands out. The elder Chávez came from a brutally poor background to become a six-time world champion and Mexico's most idolized fighter, the embodiment of his country's ring-warrior ethos. The son, born to privilege thanks to his father's winnings, nonetheless turned pro as a teenager. He fights with a different style, and it remains to be seen if he can approach the greatness of his legendary parent. But, as the following gallery shows, it's been a thrilling ride so far, and father and son are in it together -- just as they were here: With promoter Bob Arum at far left, Julio Sr. revels in Julio Jr.'s 23rd straight victory, a 5th round TKO over Jeremy Stiers at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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