Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Frankie Randall (1st meeting)

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1994-01-29 : Julio Cesar Chavez 140 lbs lost to Frankie Randall 140 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

Chavez had two points taken away for low blows.

"Julio Cesar Chavez lost Saturday night, and this time it was official. Frankie Randall knocked down Chavez in the 11th round and won the WBC super lightweight championship on a split decision. It was the first defeat in the illustrious career of the 31 year old Chavez. Randall, who got the victory on the strength of two penalty points assesed Chavez by referee Richard Steele, outjabbed Chavez, scored well with counters and kept Chavez off-balance. Chavez scored well with combinations to the head, but his main attack was to the body and he hurt Randall there. But it was also on body punches - low ones - that he hurt himself. Just when Chavez seemed to have the upper hand, Randall came roaring back. At one point in the 8th round, Randall landed 13 consecutive punches to the head without a return until Chavez landed a body punch. The fighters were in the middle of the ring in the 11th when Randall suddenly unleashed a right-hand counter to the head over a Chavez jab. Chavez went down on the seat of his pants. He got up at the count of '3' and the bell rang a few seconds later. The victory by Randall was the feature of a title tripleheader before an estimated crowd of 12,500 at the MGM Grand Hotel." -Associated Press

  • Unofficial AP scorecard - 114-111 Randall
  • This card also featured Felix Trinidad defending his IBF welterweight title against Hector Camacho and Simon Brown defending his WBC super welterweight title against Troy Waters

Post fight comments

  • "He never hurt me. How could he have won the fight? The knockdown surprised me but you can't judge a fight by one fall. I'm very upset with Richard Steele." -Julio Cesar Chavez
  • "Look at the TV. That's all I've got to say." -Referee Richard Steele, on penalizing Chavez for the low blows.