THIS week’s edition of Boxing News magazine contains a big feature with Julio Cesar Chavez. Here is an exclusive extract:

BEFORE Julio Cesar Chavez became a boxing Hall of Famer and a beloved icon to those in his home country of Mexico, he was just a son trying to make life better for his hard-working and struggling family. His way to do that was with his fists, and while just a teenager, he began fighting professionally. When he started, the 17-year-old made a vow to his mother, Isabel.

“After I told my mother that I wanted to box, I promised her that when I get my first loss I will retire from it,” Chavez told Boxing News through translator Carlos Pena.

He then pauses for both dramatic and comedic effect. “After a few fights you can imagine that I realised how good I was.”

For the full feature don’t miss this week’s issue of Boxing News magazine