CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of promoter / matchmaker Don Chargin, who passed away September 28 at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo, CA. He was 90.
“Don Chargin dedicated his life to boxing and was highly respected for his tremendous matchmaking and promoting abilities. He made a lasting impact on the sport on the West Coast and beyond,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “Everyone at the Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning his passing and remembering his lifelong contributions to the sport of boxing.”
Chargin’s first promotion, at the age of 23, was Eddie Chavez vs. Manuel Ortiz on September 3, 1951. Along with his wife and fellow Hall of Famer Lorraine, “War A Week” Chargin went on to promote over 3000 fights, including Carl (Bobo) Olson vs. Paddy Young, Jerry Quarry vs. Jimmy Ellis, Joey Giambra vs. Chico Vejar and such fighters as Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pipino Cuevas, Lupe Pintor, Roberto Duran, Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Pete Ranzany, Carlos Palomino and Tony (The Tiger) Lopez among countless others. From 1964 to 1984, he served as matchmaker at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, working in association with Hall of Famer Aileen Eaton. In 2002, he joined Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions as Senior Advisor.
In 2001, Chargin was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.