Julio Cesar Matthews

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Name: Julio Cesar Matthews
Born: 1970-02-02
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Boxing Record: click

Julio Cesar Matthews, bornin Brooklyn, New York, was best known in Pennsylvania as the principal sparring partner for cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. He also sparred for former World Heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, former light heavyweight champions Chad Dawson and Antonio Tarver, former # 1 ranked heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers, Bert Cooper, and world ranked cruiserweight Rob Calloway. Matthews sparred with Cunningham for the vacant IBF title fight with Troy Ross, won by Cunningham in Germany. Matthews won his own bout in Philadelphia one week later. Matthews was trained by martial artist 'Sensei' Danny Rivera, better known as a co-trainer of Cesar Seda, Roman Martinez and Elio Rojas. Matthews is seen above with Gerry Cooney at the Ring 8 benefit for injured and retired boxers. Matthews originally trained out of the Allentown Boxing Club and won the Pennsylvania 178 pound Golden Gloves novice title on April 23 1995, In his last pro bout, Matthews knocked down and decisioned future USBA titleholder Garrett Wilson. Problems with the law derailed Matthews' career, who was held for parole violation in a situation similar to the now released Tony Ayala Jr.

Archival Footage and Interviews

  • 15rounds.com 2010 Philadelphia video interview with Julio Matthews before his last bout [1]
  • Veoh.com footage of Matthews
  • MS Want TV highlight clip of June 13, 2010 fight card, includes Julio Cesar Matthews knockdown of Garrett Wilson [[2]]
  • Matthews vs William Gill fight photo [3] Video clip highlight of 2009 William Gill bout [4]
  • IBF Boxing Champion Cunningham Spars With Prospect in Philly Gym, 2008 Boxing Press Story [5]
  • Julio Matthews Calls Out the Cruiserweight Division, 2008 Matt Goldstein Story on Boxing Scene [6]


  • Retired from the pro ranks in June of 2010