October 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
DON CHARGIN IN GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS?
San Francisco, CA– Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin goes Friday evening in Redwood City, some 30 miles south of San Francisco. Having promoted his 1st boxing show in 1951, “Chargin” as his departed wife Lorraine would bellow when I called them back in the days of their residing at the 213–873-**** number in Bell Canyon, a city outside of Los Angeles.
RIGHT OR WRONG CHARGIN BELIEVED IN HIMSELF
Having made some great decisions over the years, and some not, Don has always done things his way. Cool, calm, collective at the bargaining table, in front of the media, still he’s a nervous wreck at fight cards he promotes. Having watched Don work (make fights) now since the glory days of the Olympic Auditorium and their syndicated televised fight series which aired one card weekly from the famed venue, I personally have known him 31 years.
USED TO DRIVE GODFATHER OF WRITERS CRAZY
Notorious for not returning phone calls, at least with the late Jack Fiske, who like Don is a Hall of Famer on both coasts. People like to say that Don’s time at the Olympic with his famed “war a week” series, that this was his prime. Every Monday morning Don had a dozen or so managers wanting to book fighters for the Friday night event. But I disagree, his best came in Sacramento, CA rebuilding the Chargin name with Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, Pete Ranzany and others. With less than $1000 in a checking account
, the Chargin’s with partner Sid Tenner, began selling out arenas, setting attendance records, in addition to having nationally broadcasted fight cards primarily on NBC.
FIVE DECADES OF BOXING MAKES FOR SET OF ENCYCLOPEDIAS
As he concludes 62 years of promoting, unfortunately, I don’t think we could get Don’s life reduced to a two hour made for movie TV. From that first card in San Jose in 1951 to tonight’s show in Redwood City, the story of “The Boy Promoter” would make for a great television series as “Chargin” has seen it all and then some. As for the Guinness Book of World Records recognizing Chargin for 52 years and counting, it would be a great honor bestowed upon a good man who is worthy of such recognition.