(AP) - Julio Cesar Chavez ended his career with a victory Saturday night, outpointing old nemesis Frankie Randall.
The two weary boxers hammered at one another through 10 rounds in the welterweight bout at Plaza Monumental, the world's largest bull-fighting ring.
But Chavez got in the harder blows
Chavez had chosen Randall as the opponent to cap his career, which would end at 106-5-2 - if he stays retired.
"Thank you for so much love, for so much affection!" Chavez shouted hoarsely at the crowd after the fight.
Randall was the fighter who knocked Chavez down for the first time during an upset victory by decision in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, 1994. Chavez, who has
never been knocked out by an opponent, recovered to beat Randall in a rematch four months later.
Randall, too, had said that this would be his last year in the ring - and possibly his last fight. If so, the three-time superlightweight champion
would go out at 58-15-1.
Both fighters appeared fit despite their ages: Chavez is 41 and Randall 42.
Despite the honor for one of Mexico's best-known sportsmen, the 45,000-seat Plaza Monumental was less than half-full.
Two of Chavez's sons fought on their father's going-away party - both entering the ring to music of the Tigres del Norte.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 18, blasted little-known Juan Carlos Castillo to the canvas in a super-featherweight bout. It was the eighth win without a
loss and fourth knockout for Chavez Jr. Earlier, younger brother Omar fought a two-round amateur exhibition.
In the night's most exciting bout, former WBC lightweight champ Miguel Angel Gonzalez, 33, won a unanimous 10-round welterweight decision over
27-year-old Ernesto Carmona (11-5). The two bloodied fighters repeatedly fought back from clear, stunning shots to the head that had them staggering
Gonzalez (50-3) was so fogged he ran to the ropes and raised his arms in triumph at the end of the ninth round - with one more still to fight.
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