January 10, 2009 | 11:59am
Julio Cesar Chavez is trading his boxing gloves for oven mittens.
The 46-year-old Mexican boxing legend plans to open a restaurant in Mesa at Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue as early as May or June, according to an article
today in the East Valley Tribune
by David Woodfill.
We surfed around till we found Chavez's Web site
, and sure enough -- there was some info about his new culinary career. The site apparently needs updating, though -- the "Lion of Culiacan" says his eatery will be located on the metro Phoenix area's west side.
We thought the only thing Chavez liked about Mesa was beating Scott "Pink Cat" Walker
a dozen years ago. But it turns out Chavez's business associates did some checking and found Mesa had mucho Hispanics, the Trib'
s article says.
The place will be called "Campeones," (Champions) -- an apt name for the lightweight fighter whose career included
90 straight undefeated fights -- and it will "embody Mexican and Latino pride."
With "classic posters of Chavez and music featuring songs about the fighter, the restaurant will serve as a self-made shrine to Chavez. But it seems like he's also aiming for a splash of Chuck E. Cheese, with games and entertainment.
If the food is good, it might be a winner.