On March 17, 1990, a classic for all ages in Las Vegas Hilton, where Julio César Chávez and Meldrick Taylor fought a terrific contest of courage, willpower and firepower.
Chavez was undefeated with 66 wins. His record in championship fights was 16-0 with 11 knockouts, and this would be the third defense of his WBC super lightweight title which he won against Roger Mayweather in 1989.
Philadelphia’s Taylor had won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics at 126 pounds for the United States team that included Pernell Whitaker and Evander Holyfield. Taylor was rapidly establishing his mark in the top echelons of professional boxing, and the only blemish on his record was a draw against Howard Davis in 1986.
Meldrick was on the cusp of victory against the greatest Mexican fighter in history, with an advantage on the cards of 107-102, 108-101 and 104-105. Julio`s only victory option was a KO, as the seconds ticked away in the final round.