Longest Unbeaten Streaks In Boxing May Surprise You
Whenever there’s a discussion about a boxer who holds the record for remaining unbeaten for most fights, we often think of Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0) or Rocky Marciano (49-0).
But the true record-holder of the sport is not who you think it is.
Julio “J.C.” Cesar Chavez, Sr. had the longest unbeaten streak before being defeated for the first time. Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall (48-2-1) handed Chavez Sr his first loss via split decision in January 1994.
Chavez was the betting favorite, having won 89 pro fights on the trot, but Randall had different plans to cement his name in history.
However, it took Chavez only four months to avenge his first loss as he went on to beat Randall in the rematch. He won by technical decision in eight rounds. The Mexican native was ahead on the scorecards of both judges after seven rounds.
His dominance spanned from 1980 to 1994.
He went on to claim 107 wins before retiring in 2005 following his TKO loss to Grover Wiley.
At the end of the fifth round of his career’s 115th bout, Chavez told his corner that he could not carry on after injuring his right hand.
He lost only six fights in his massive career and drew twice. With 86 knockouts under his belt, Chavez Sr is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.