1994 y el año que cayó el país de Julio César Chávez

Mexico entered the year 1994 on the threshold of the first world. The last year of the presidency of Carlos Salinas de GortariAnd there was the illusion that everything was going great. And if that was not enough, Julio Cesar Chavez he had reached the peak of his popularity, he was an undefeated world champion. It was the face of a successful, successful new country. Until everything, along with Julio Cesar Chavez, collapsed in 1994.

A few months earlier, the apotheosis had occurred. On a legendary night in 1993, Julio Cesar Chavez he had risen as the idol of an entire country. That night happened in February, when Chavez defended his super light scepter from World Boxing Council before the american Greg haugen. The setting was the imposing Azteca Stadium.

The Aztec was a symbol. It was not the first time July He fought in his country, but choosing the largest stage in Mexico was a parameter to size the phenomenon Julio Cesar Chavez that paralyzed the country every time he fought. That day, the Azteca Stadium registered an entry that exceeded 130 thousand fans.

That Mexico of Julio Cesar Chavez it was powerful. The climax of the Salinas government was being lived and the Free Trade Agreement was on the horizon. They spoke of a country at the gates of the first world and if in that same year of 1993, Salinas had proposed re-election, many would have applauded.

Back then, Julio Cesar Chavez He was the best Libra for Libra in the world. He had won six world belts at three different weights and had beaten the best fighters in his division. The domain of Chavez He was absolute about his sport, since he had won all his fights, and they had not been able to knock him down once. For Mexico, each round of Chavez it was a taste of the first world. It was three minutes of a powerful, undefeated country that knelt gringos. And that time, on February 20, 1993, he would do it at the Azteca Stadium in front of his own people.

Greg haugen it was not a lump. A few months before he had taken away the undefeated and the super light belt OMB to the Male Camacho and in the direct revenge he lost to the Puerto Rican in another memorable fight. Both were split decisions and very close fights, which led to believe Haugen that he had a chance and then his tongue dropped. He said the unbeaten record in 82 fights of Julius Caesar it was inflated by victories against “Tijuana taxi drivers” and that Mexicans were so poor that there would not be 100,000 people who could buy a ticket to enter the Azteca.

Julio Cesar Chavez He became, once again, the savior of the national honor. The Azteca roared when, in the same first round, a right wing jolted the American’s chin. 25 seconds into the combat, Haugen I was already lying on the canvas and July made it pay. For five rounds he punished him at will with 36 left hooks that punctured the American’s liver in just 14 minutes of combat. The timid attacks of Haugen were neutralized by the waist of July contorted dodging blows. In the fifth round, July I finish. Another right wing hit Haugen, who was knocked out on his feet in the first minute of the round and seconds later he was back on the mat. The referee ended up stopping the fight amid a storm of blows from Chavez. The Azteca exploded.

That night July He reached the climax in his career and from then on nothing was the same again. Not for him, not for the country. A few months later he stumbled upon Pernell whitaker looking to be champion in his fourth division: that of welterweight. The judges saw a dubious draw and that was the first blemish of the perfect record of 87 fights, all won. Julius Caesar began its decline almost at the same time that the pins on which the supposed prosperity of the Mexico of Salinas.

On January 1, 1994, the EZLN took up arms in Chiapas and 28 days later, it fell Julio Cesar Chavez. The executioner was a stranger Frankie randall that in round 11 he hit a right straight on the tip of the chin of July. The sound was dry and the champion fell for the first time in his career. He got up touched, fled until the bell was struck and that unprecedented image, that of the retreating warrior, shocked the country. He lost the split decision: his first loss.

When falling Chavez, Mexico also ended up falling. The Zapatista uprising was followed by the murder of Luis Donaldo Colosio in March 1994 and the year ended in a traumatic devaluation. The country returned to its reality.

Idolatry by Julio Cesar Chavez, However, remained intact. With their victories, idols carry a society on their shoulders. They make her feel better, powerful, capable. After the defeats, only nostalgia and memory remain.

Many realities hit Mexico like a hail in 1994. Illusions and dreams were dismantled. Lives, entire generations that would be marked by a year, 1994, the year the country fell from Julio Cesar Chavez.