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Julio César Chávez Inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Legendary boxer Julio César Chávez is headed to the Hall of Fame.

The Mexican fighter was a three-division champion had a professional career of 107-6-2. Of all of those victories, 88 came by way of knockout.

The man who grew up in an abandoned railroad car with his five sisters and four brothers was nearly rendered speechless by his selection.

"I feel humble," Chávez, who retired five years ago, said. "At this moment in my life, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is very special. I feel great to know that my name will be inscribed with the best of the best, to join some of my heroes and to leave a mark for my family and my country."

El Gran Campeón Mexicano was among 12 members, including his boxing contemporary Mike Tyson and actor Sylvester Stallone, to be named for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum.

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His stellar career was marked by a few controversial fights. In 1990, Chávez was losing to Meldrick Taylor before rallying in the 12th and last round. He knocked Taylor down, and referee Richard Steele ended the fight on a knockout with two seconds remaining despite the fighter rising to his feet.

Even though Taylor did not respond to Steele's questions coherently and hung on to the ropes, the decision was widely criticized.

Three years later, an undefeated Chávez fought Pernell Whitaker, who was 32-1 at the time. Despite Pernell seemingly dominating Chávez throughout, the fight was ruled a draw.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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