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Report/gallery: Martinez vs. Chavez Jr.

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22 years and six months ago, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. met Meldrick Taylor in an epic showdown titled “Thunder and Lightning” where Chavez’ methodical body attack met Taylor’s blinding speed. Taylor was in control for most of the fight up until the 12th round where all Taylor had to do was survive to win.

He couldn’t.

A spirited 12th round rally dropped Taylor with less than 20 seconds left in the fight. Taylor managed to stagger to his feet but referee Richard Steele was not convinced that Taylor could last the final two seconds and awarded Chavez the TKO victory. An epic battle with a phenomenal finish . . . Click here for more

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