By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On September 29, 2018, Hall of Fame boxing promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin died at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California, after a battle with lung and brain cancer, at the age of 90.
Don, his wife Lorraine, and First Lady of Boxing Aileen Eaton staged many memorable bouts on a weekly basis for 20 years (1964-1984) at the Olympic Auditorium, Sports Arena, and the Memorial Coliseum.
I didn’t know Chargin on a personal basis, but according to legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don Fraser, who was best of friends with Chargin, he was outstanding in all phases of boxing and a kind, wonderful human being. The late TV and radio ringside announcer Jim Healy labeled him as “War a Week” Chargin for his excellent array of fights which were held on a regular basis.
Chargin promoted his first boxing card sixty-seven years ago on September 3, 1951, in San Jose, California; the main event that night was Manuel Ortiz vs. Eddie Chavez in a lightweight bout.
One thing that Chargin and I agreed on was that the greatest fight staged at the Olympic Auditorium was Mando Ramos vs. Sugar Ramos, a ten round lightweight bout that packed the historic arena on August 6, 1970 – a night attending at ringside I will never forget.
Chargin, an honored inductee into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame, was born on June 5, 1928, in San Jose, California and lived in retirement in Cambria, California. He was a licensed promoter for a record 69 years, and promoted over 3,000 bouts in his career. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, who passed away from cancer on April 6, 2010.
Don Chargin will be missed by the many that knew him and those that attended his “War a Week” fights. May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.