The atmosphere is classic. The history is electrifying.
1982, Bazooka Limon defended his junior lightweight belt against fan
favorite “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon. The bout would take place at The
Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA and be televised by ABC.
two fighters had fought on even terms in three previous bouts. Each had
a win and a draw. The bad blood between the men was obvious. They
glared at each other as they paced around the ring, their cornermen
watching them intently. Before the opening bell, the fans leaned over
the balcony and screamed Chacon’s name.
The fight itself was a
bloodbath. Chacon was bleeding from his nose and near his left eye.
Limon’s face was puffy. Limon knocked Chacon twice, but the little man
from East Los Angles roared back to floor Limon in the 15th round and
win a unanimous decision. The Ring Magazine rightfully proclaimed the
bout The Fight of the Year.
On October 6, professional boxing
will return to the famous site of the Chacon – Limon battle for the
first time since 2009. Fox Sports Network will televise.
promoter Don Chargin recently told boxingscene.com that he wants to
return The Memorial Auditorium back to its once lofty position in the
“We want to build Memorial Auditorium back up
again for boxing,” Chargin said. “And, to help celebrate opening night,
we are inviting back some of the top fighters who developed their
careers there — Pete Ranzany, Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza.”
welterweight contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KOs) and lightweight
Jorge Linares will be the co-headliners October 6.
will be fighting for the second time in the United States. In 2011, he
stopped Hector Munoz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. His opponent is
tough veteran Cosme Rivera (35-14-3, 24 KOs) of Mexico. Rivera has won
his last four bouts.
Lightweight Linares (31-3, 20 KOs), the
former two-time featherweight champion, is ready to get his career back
on track after being stopped by Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson.
Linares, 27, feels he’s refreshed and ready for his comeback.
Also on the card will be exciting Guy Robb (9-1, 4 KOs) and San Francisco’s Jonathan Chicas (7-0, 3 KOs).
Making their professional boxing debuts will be former amateur stars Preston Freeman, and Andy Vences.
Chargin Productions and Paco Presents are promoting the fights in
association with Golden Boy Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions.
Tickets are on sale at the Convention Center Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento.
Other locations include Paco’s restaurant in Woodland (530-312-1406) and online at tickets.com.
Tickets are going fast.
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