Boxing brain-damaged Bobby Chacon, a featherweight and super featherweight world boxing champion whose persona and fighting style made him one of the most popular fighters of his time, died Wednesday at age 64.
Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, announced the news via Twitter.
“With profound sadness I have learned that our dear champion Bobby Chacon passed away this morning,” he wrote. “May God have him now. RIP.”
Ricky Farris, president of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, told the Los Angeles Times that Chacon died from head injuries he suffered early Wednesday morning when he fell at a Hemet care facility. Chacon had long suffered from brain damage.
Chacon, who attended San Fernando High School and Cal State Northridge, was nicknamed “Schoolboy” by boxing publicist Bill Caplan.
During his career, he competed with some of boxing’s best, including Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Ruben Olivares, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Ramon “Bazooka” Limon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards and Alexis Arguello. He rose to fame fighting in the Southland, earning him a 1973 bout against Olivares, a fight that he lost but that earned him a reputation as a hard-nosed brawler. One year later, he defeated Lopez, and another year later, he won the featherweight title.
He lost that belt, but battled his way through a series of epic bouts before winning the super-featherweight title in 1982 by defeating Limon. He followed up that victory in 1983 by defeating Boza-Edwards in what was dubbed the Fight of the Year.
“He had a great personality and was always laughing and smiling, and he would make friends with everyone he met,” boxing promoter Don Chargin told Yahoo Sports. “He was a promoter’s dream. He was a great, entertaining fighter, he was great at press conferences and you could take him anywhere to meet people because he had that charisma.”
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. He ended his career with a record of 59-7-1, including 47 knockouts.
–City News Service