Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon dies at 64

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Former world lightweight boxing champion Bobby Chacon leaves the Van Nuys Superior Court in Los Angeles.

Former world lightweight boxing champion Bobby Chacon leaves the Van Nuys Superior Court in Los Angeles. (Photo: Nick Ut)

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon died Wednesday under hospice care for dementia. He was 64.

Riverside County coroner's Sgt. Brent Seacrest said Chacon died "with his family present at his bedside,"

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion had a career record of 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts.

At 22 in 1974, Chacon stopped Alfredo Marcano in the ninth round at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles to take the featherweight title. In 1980, Chacon outpointed Rafael Limon in Sacramento for the super featherweight title.

WBA lightweight champ Ray Mancini, right, gives challenger Bobby Chacon a hug after defeating him in a title fight at Reno, Nev.
WBA lightweight champ Ray Mancini, right, gives challenger Bobby Chacon a hug after defeating him in a title fight at Reno, Nev.

"With profound sadness I have learned that our dear champion Bobby Chacon passed away this morning," World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said on Twitter. "May God have him now. RIP."

Chacon graduated from San Fernando High School and was a student at Cal State Northridge, earning him the nickname "Schoolboy." He will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame on Sept. 25.

"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," said Ricky Farris, president of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.

-AP

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