Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya stated the following on the death of boxing great and two-time world champion Bobby Chacon on Wednesday, aged 64.
“I’m sad to hear of the passing today of legendary boxer Bobby ‘Schoolboy’ Chacon.
“Bobby was one of the best fighters to emerge on the scene in boxing in 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 a natural talent, good looks, and personality. He had the 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.
“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,
“Although it was Bobby’s will to win, courage and a big heart brought him victory in brutal battles.
Hall of Fame
“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.”