BOBBY "Schoolboy" CHACON
Bobby Chacon was born November 28, 1951 in Sylmar, California, USA. He started boxing as a teen & turned pro in 1972 whilst still at college, resulting in him being given the nickname "Schoolboy". An explosive puncher, Chacon knocked out 23 of his 1st 25 opponents, including an electrifying ko of Danny Lopez, on his way to the featherweight title. The only blemish on his record was a loss to Ruben Olivares in 1973. In 1974, Chacon stopped Alfredo Marcano to win the vacant WBC featherweight crown. A successful defense followed, before losing the title to Olivares in 1975. Chacon ended the rivalry with Olivares by winning their 3rd fight in 1977. Now at super featherweight, "Schoolboy" unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC belt against Alexis Arguello & Cornelius Boza-Edwards in 1979 and 1981 respectively. Chacon then scored a unanimous decision over champion Rafael "Bazooka" Limon in 1982 in an all out war to win the title at his 3rd attempt. The following year he signed to defend his title in a rematch against Boza Edwards, who was the WBC's mandatory challenger. Even though WBC rules stated the mandatory should receive the title shot, they insisted Chacon fight Héctor Camacho in Puerto Rico instead, then stripped him of his title when he refused, he avenged his loss to Boza-Edwards in another 12-round war. Chacon attempted to win a 3rd world title, but was stopped by WBA lightweight king "Boom Boom" Mancini in 1984. Bobby then went unbeaten until his retirement in 1988. By 2000 he had lost most of his savings and was being cared for by a nurse as he suffered from the effects of dementia pugilistica (boxer's syndrome). He died after suffering a fall while in care, on September 7, 2016, He was 64. He is remembered as an exciting & popular fighter who won as many awards outside of the ring as he did inside. In 1982, he was named comeback fighter of the year by The Ring. His wins over Limon in 1982 and Edwards in 1983, were both named Ring Magazine fights of the year, he was included on The Ring's list of "The 100 Greatest Punchers of All-Time" & was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.