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Ex-Champion Chavez Beats Wise

November 23, 2003

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) _ Julio Cesar Chavez stopped Willie Wise in the second round, the first of two fights to conclude the former champion’s storied career.

The 41-year-old Chavez accidentally head-butted Wise, opening a gash above his left eyebrow. Doctors ruled the wound was too deep for the American to continue.

Chavez, who once held WBC titles in three weight classes, lost to Wise in 1999. The Mexican avenged that defeat Saturday night to improve his record to 105-5-2, with 85 knockouts.

Billed as ``Chavez Forever,″ the bout drew a crowd of 10,000. Chavez’ final fight will take place in January in Mexico City against Hector Camacho.

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