Ten-Count for Bobby Chacon

By Robert Ecksel on September 8, 2016
Ten-Count for Bobby Chacon
Nicknamed "Schoolboy," Bobby Chacon turned pro in 1972 and won his first 19 fights.

“Bobby’s life was not one without struggle and tragedy, but I pray he has now found peace in eternal rest…”

Former featherweight and super featherweight champion Bobby Chacon passed away Wednesday at the age of 64. He suffered from dementia for many years.

Chacon was born on November 28, 1951, in Sylmar, California. Nicknamed “Schoolboy” by boxing publicist Bill Caplan, Chacon turned pro in 1972 and won his first 19 fights.

The thrilling career of a thrilling fighter had begun.

Oscar De La Hoya grew up worshipping Chacon and paid tribute with this appreciation.

“I’m sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby ‘Schoolboy’ Chacon,” said De La Hoya. “Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing the 1970s. Hailing from Southern California, Bobby was someone I looked up to as a young fighter growing up in East Los Angeles. Bobby had the natural talent, good looks, personality and power to be a memorable fighter in the ring that attracted crowds.

“Bobby fought during the glory days of boxing at the Olympic Auditorium, LA Sports Arena, and The Forum in Los Angeles. This was the Golden Era of boxing on the West Coast, and those were times I remember well, having gone with my father to watch fights at these venues just a short distance from our family home.

“Bobby fought the best of the best in those days, including Ruben ‘El Púas’ Olivares, Rafael ‘Bazooka’ Limon and more. I always admired him for this a professional fighter myself. Legendary West Coast boxing promoter Don Chargin helped develop Bobby into a world champion fighter though it was Bobby’s will to win, courage and big heart that brought him the victory in difficult battles.

“After a long and storied career, Bobby was rightfully inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. I’m pleased to share that honor as a fellow Hall of Famer alongside him.

“Bobby’s life was not one without struggle and tragedy, but I pray he has now found peace in eternal rest. He accomplished much for the sport of boxing and will be dearly missed.”

In 1982, Chacon won The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year. He won The Ring Fight of the Year for his war with Rafael Limon in 1982 and in 1983 won the same award for his fight with Cornelius Boza Edwards.

Bobby Chacon retired in 1988 with a record of 59-7-1 (47 KOs). He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:22pm, 09/10/2016

    Frankie Crawford dropped a UD to Bobby in Schoolboy’s 18th fight. Bobby came into the fight 17 and 0 with 16 KOs and was expected to KO Frankie. Bobby dropped Crawford in the first round but Crawford hurt Schoolboy to the body in the ninth round. Bobby more than likely was tiring from trying to hard for the KO. A full twelve years later Bobby was able to beat Freddie Roach by MD. RIP Schoolboy Bobby Chacon.

  2. Eric 06:15am, 09/10/2016

    Riding on my horse of hope
    Holding in my hand the reign of courage
    Dressed in the armor of patience
    The helmet of endurance on my head
    I started on my journey to the land of love

  3. Asher 04:32pm, 09/09/2016

    Hurry home early.
    Hurry on home.
    Boom Mancin’s fightin’ Bobby Chacon.

  4. Lucas McCain 03:37pm, 09/09/2016

    Oscar’s tribute to Bobby was a touching and fitting one—one superbly talented boxer recalling another, both handsome enough to have transcended boxing as celebrities.  Only Oscar did, however.  If Bobby had more of Oscar’s discipline, he might have done better in life.  But if Oscar had a little more of Bobby’s late-round passion, he might well have beaten Trinidad and Mayweather.  So it goes.  They both made big statements.

  5. The Thresher 06:44am, 09/09/2016

    But Heaven gained an Angel

  6. Paul Pleticha Sr. 06:33am, 09/09/2016

    I am a huge boxing fan and own a boxing club for kids. Bobbys picture was one that hung in the gym with many other great fighters. I loved to watch him fight. He had so much courage and never would give up . He will be missed. R.I.P. Bobby the world lost a great fighter. Best wishes to his family.

  7. Gordon Analla 04:01pm, 09/08/2016

    He fought them all!  His fights with Cornelius Boza-Edwards were legendary!  RIP Champ!

  8. Eric 03:27pm, 09/08/2016

    Everyone must deal with tragedy and struggle at some point and time. It’s called life. Hopefully, Mr. Chacon has peace now.  RIP Schoolboy.

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