Building a champion in Chavez

Process of developing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. described as 'slow and purposeful'

Originally Published: September 14, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. grew up around boxing, but never needed to box.

Unlike many who take up the rough sport as a way to escape poverty, Chavez was born into a life of luxury, thanks to the riches earned by his famous father, Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., considered by many to be the best fighter in Mexican history.

When he turned pro in late 2003 in his hometown of Culiacan, Mexico, there was a lot of hype, but not because he was a great prospect. The ...

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