On Jan. 29 Ch�vez stumbled over a hard rock named Frankie Randall and was knocked down for the first time in his career. Once again ubiquitous referee Richard Steele came into Ch�vez's life. In an earlier encounter with Steele, in March 1990, Ch�vez received a gift when Steele stopped his fight against Meldrick Taylor with two seconds remaining and Taylor ahead on all cards. This time he evened it out by taking two points away from Ch�vez for low blows, thereby costing Ch�vez the fight.
If these elements don't make for an SI story, I don't know what does. The picture of Ch�vez on his back, legs in the air, would have made a fine cover.
FERDIE PACHECO, M.D., Miami