Born November 28, 1951 in Sylmar, CA. A great West Coast drawing card, the popular "Schoolboy" turned pro in Los Angeles in 1972. With an explosive punching style, Chacon knocked out 23 of his first 25 opponents, including a 10th round TKO over Chucho Castillo and an electrifying 9th round TKO victory over Danny "Little Red" Lopez in Los Angeles, on his way to the featherweight title. The only blemish on his record was a 9th round TKO loss to Ruben Olivares in 1973.
On September 7, 1974, Chacon stopped Alfredo Marcano in 9 rounds to capture the vacant WBC featherweight crown. A successful defense against Jesus Estrada followed before losing the title to rival Olivares in 1975. Chacon defeated Olivares when he scored a 10-round win in their third match in 1977. Now campaigning as a super featherweight, Chacon unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC belt against Alexis Arguello (TKO by 7) and Cornelius Boza-Edwards (TKO by 14) in 1979 and 1981 respectively. However, the third title shot was the charm for Chacon as he scored a unanimous decision over champion Rafael "Bazooka" Limon on December 12, 1982. In the following year he avenged his loss to Boza-Edwards with a unanimous 12-round win.
Stripped of the title in June 1983, Chacon attempted to win a third world title, but was stopped by WBA lightweight king Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in 1984. Chacon continued to box until 1988 and scored wins over Freddie Roach and Arturo Frias before hanging up his gloves with a 59-7-1 (47KOs) record and a reputation as one of the West Coast's most exciting fighters.
Born: Nov. 28, 1951
Died: Sept. 7, 2016