Tracking all the way back to 1945, I have watched literally thousands of fights during my almost 73 years of life and consider myself something of an aficionado. Some memories have been incredible; others I wish I could erase. Most have been indelible. I have seen or heard some remarkable things, I’ll tell you. .
Bobby and Valorie
This wasn’t “Stoker” (Robert Ryan) and Julie (Audrey Totter) in the movie The Set-Up; this was the real thing.
In 1982 after losing to Cornelius Boza Edwards in the 14th round, Bobby Chacon regrouped and beat Augustin Rivera and Renan Marota in succession. On March 16, he was scheduled to fight Salvador Ugalde.
Meanwhile, after the Boza Edawards fight, his wife, Valorie, begged him to quit boxing and move to Hawaii to settle down. Somehow, some way, perhaps the warning signs were not understood. Of coures, hindsight is 20-20 and it’s easy to second guess. Maybe Bobby thought it was just something that would pass. At any rate, he didn’t see what was coming. Valorie flew back to Sacramento from Hawaii and reportedly pleaded with Bobby to quit. But Bobby felt he had more to give. Tragically, on March 14, 1982, shortly before he was to square off against Ugalde, Valorie committed suicide.
Incredibly, Bobby decided to go through with the bout and knocked out Ugalde. As the ring announcer was about to speak, the guilt-ridden Bobby grabbed the microphone and tearfully dedicated his win to his fallen wife.
He then won two more fights in the next three months before beating Bazooka Limon in an epic battle for the WBC junior lightweight title. It was voted Fight of the Year as The Schoolboy won a remarkable fifteen round decision.
In 1983, he would go on to defend against Boza Edwards and retain his crown in still another Fight of the Year avenging his early loss to the tough Boza Edwards. These two fights were also indelible memories for me, particularly the Limon bout which may well have been the most exciting one I have ever witnessed.
It was just a little piece of time in history, but it contained enough drama for a lifetime
How about you? What do you recall?