Professional boxing returns to the historic Memorial Auditorium
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 27, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
The Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA
The atmosphere is classic. The history is electrifying.

In 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.

The 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.

Legendary promoter Don Chargin recently told that he wants to return The Memorial Auditorium back to its once lofty position in the boxing community.

“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.”

Undefeated welterweight contender Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KOs) and lightweight Jorge Linares will be the co-headliners October 6.

Kamegai, 29, 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.

Don 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 are going fast.

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