Julio Cesar Chavez was born in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico on July 12, 1962. He had nine siblings and was raised by his father, Rodolfo Chavez, and his mother. His father worked at a railroad to provide money for the family. Julio Cesar Chavez along with his siblings and his parents lived in a railroad car. At the age of 16, he started boxing to earn money for his poor family. He dreamed of earning enough money to buy his mother a house.
He married to Amalia Carrasco. He has two sons, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Omar Chavez, who are also boxers. He struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism. this didn't start to affect his career until after winning his match against Meldrick Taylor in 1990. His first loss was in 1994 against Frankie Randall. Julio Cesar Chavez lost the WBC light welterweight belt to Oscar De La Hoya in 1996 after defeating Frankie Randall in a rematch. He lost his final title to Kostya Tszyu in 2000 before finally retiring in 2005.
He is most famous for his fight with Meldrick Taylor in 1990. He won the World Boxing Council's super featherweight title in 1984. Julio Cesar Chavez also won the WBC light welterweight belt in 1989 and the WBC lightweight title in 1988.
He was able to overcome alcoholism and a drug addiction and become a boxing icon. He came from a poor upbringing and became one of the best and most famous boxers of all time. Today, many boxers, including his son Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., have tried to achieve his title, but none have succeeded.