It was all likely so perfectly for the challenger… right until it wasn’t.
On July 7, 1985, Julio Cesar Chavez retained his WBC junior lightweight title by scoring a harmful 2nd-round stoppage of Roger Mayweather at the Riviera Resort & On line casino in Las Vegas. The formal time was 2:30.
Chavez, regardless of remaining a champion with a 46- report, was creating his initially nationally televised appearance. Nevertheless, the Mexican star experienced sent shockwaves as a result of the sport with spectacular wins about Mario Martinez (TKO 8 to earn the vacant title) and Ruben Castillo (TKO 6) in his very first protection.
In spite of shedding the opening round on all a few scorecards, Mayweather had some achievements of his have. He moved very well, pumped the jab with authority and crossed more than the odd right hand. Chavez specific the entire body and established length.
Early in the next, Mayweather jolted Chavez with his signature ideal hand. The moment spurred the winner into action and he quickly closed the hole, scoring a reputable double-suitable hand knockdown that was ruled a slip by referee Richard Steele.
That did very little for Mayweather’s cause.
Poorly shaken, the challenger was an open concentrate on for a abide by-up assault and a flush suitable set him down seriously. Mayweather’s legs were gone, and after getting bundled to the canvas, he was floored legitimately and rescued by Steele.
The terrific Chavez would make nine defenses of the title prior to shifting up to light-weight. Mayweather, who had currently held the extremely title he was fighting for, would go on to earn the WBC junior light-weight crown. In his fifth protection, he was dethroned by Chavez in a rematch.