Ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton decided to have some down time. The world champion elect was visiting a boxing ring in Mexico and sparred with boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez.
The 57-year old is a multiple-time world champion in three weight divisions. According to The Ring magazine, Chavez is regarded as the world’s best boxer from 1990 to 1993. During his illustrious career he held the WBC super featherweight title from 1984 to 1987.
Mexico City training with my @PUMA fam and the legend Julio César Chávez 🥊 So honoured to step into the ring with you. I'm now ready to bring the fight this weekend. @Jcchavez115 @PUMAmexico pic.twitter.com/3bEbMQel4X
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 24, 2019
In addition to that, he also clinched the WBA and WBC lightweight titles. Other accolades include, the WBC light welterweight title twice, and the IBF light welterweight title. He also held the Ring magazine and lineal lightweight titles, and the lineal light welterweight title twice between. Finally, Chávez was named Fighter of the Year twice, by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring respectively.
Box box box 🥊🥊
Lewis looking 🔥 on the pads with boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez ahead of the #MexicoGP! 👊
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 24, 2019
So, if Lewis Hamilton is aiming to improve his reflexes and incorporate it into his training, there is no better man than Julio Cesar Chavez. The British driver will be aiming to wrap up his sixth title at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
In addition to that, he will be hoping that teammate and closest rival, Valtteri Bottas does not spoil the party. If Hamilton wins in Mexico, Bottas needs to be on the podium to keep the title fight alive.
However, the British driver has confessed that Mercedes may not be the favourites to win. To make matters even trickier, rain is expected throughout the weekend, with sporadic showers on Friday and Saturday, but heavy rain on Sunday.