Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/22/14

8 Apr 1995: Julio Cesar Chavez and Giovanni Parisi throw punches at each other. Chavez won the fight in the 12th round. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein /Allsport
My worst memory as a fighter came against Matt Vanda in July 2008 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. I had a very difficult time in the ring. It was very hot all week and I started getting sick the day before the weigh-in and never fully recuperated after the weigh-in. I had a fever the night before the fight, but I went through with it and the last two rounds were the most difficult time I had in the ring. I could barely walk and was just standing up because of my pride and my heart. I threw up in the ring after the fight and had a fever. My best memory is winning the world middleweight championship. It was my dream to become a world champion. That's why I decided to become a professional fighter. Beating Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles in June 2011 to become the middleweight champion is something that I will never forget -- and for so many reasons. Not many people believed that I could do it and that inspired me. The select few who did believe in me encouraged me and sacrificed for m...
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