Chavez Jr. (finally) in tough vs. Rubio

Updated: February 3, 2012, 3:54 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- When Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. began his professional boxing career in 2003, at age 17, he was a fighter in famous name only.

His father, stellar three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., is a Hall of Famer and perhaps Mexico's greatest fighter. But the kid? Sure, he had the name and wore the same iconic red headband when he walked to the ring, but few thought he could fight much.

With no amateur career, he was the project of projects. But that name, so revered in ...

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