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Bobby Chacon (1951 - 2016)

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Bobby Chacon (1951 - 2016)

Bobby Chacon, a former two-time world boxing champion, has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 64.

Chacon, who had suffered for a long time from the effects of brain damage, fell and struck his head in a care facility Wednesday morning and succumbed to his injuries, said Ricky Farris, president of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.

“One of the most exciting fighters in the history of the West Coast, an amazing blood-and-guts brawler who took on the best fighters in three divisions,” Farris said of Chacon, who will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame Sept. 25.

Chacon turned professional in 1972 and won his first 19 fights, including a win against former champion Jesus Castillo. In 1974, Chacon won the WBC featherweight title when he defeated Alfredo Marcano in nine rounds at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Chacon eventually lost the title in a fight against Ruben Olivares.

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Chacon was known for his tremendous fights against Rafael “Bazooka” Limon. They fought four times and would engage in what some would describe as one of the fiercest and most spectacular boxing rivalries in history. His 1982 fight against Limon was an epic contest that was called the fight of the decade by some boxing experts. Limon would win a close 15-round decision in that fight and claim his second world title.

“It was a thrill, breathtaking, to watch him perform,” former Forum boxing publicist John Beyrooty told the Los Angeles Times. “At his peak, he was the most talented, exciting, popular fighter there was. A complete warrior. A legend, because of his enthusiasm to fight and never say die.”

Chacon’s wife Valorie died by suicide in 1982. She had asked Chacon to quit the sport of boxing, and he would not do it. Chacon had a fight the next night against Salvador Ugalde and knocked out Ugalde in the third round. He dedicated the win to his deceased wife.

Chacon retired in 1988 with a record of 59 wins, seven losses, and one draw with 47 knockout victories. Chacon later suffered from brain damage caused by his long boxing career.

Chacon is survived by his son, Jamie Chacon, and daughters Donna and Alexis Chacon.

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