posted on Nov, 28 2003 @ 04:32 PM
Sacramento Bee - November 28, 2003
In a move that could benefit Sacramento's boxing future, longtime promoter Don Chargin has been given a five-year contract extension as an adviser and
matchmaker for Oscar De La Hoya's expanding Golden Boy Promotions.
Chargin, who is putting on tonight's card at the Radisson Hotel featuring undefeated Sacramento middleweight Eric Regan, began assisting De La Hoya
last year. A six-time world champion, De La Hoya has talked of becoming the sport's next major promoter, rivaling Don King and Bob Arum.
Golden Boy Promotions, which already has produced 42 cards this year, including several HBO Latino, ESPN and Univision telecasts, intends to add sites
in California. San Jose, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Diego and Fresno have been used as venues, and Sacramento is being explored as a location for
shows next year.
"The talks in Sacramento are still in the preliminary stages," Chargin said, "but with Oscar's stature and connections in boxing, his company has been
able to sign up a lot of Latino fighters, contenders and world champions. And he wants to expand both his stable of fighters and shows throughout the
country, including several California cities."
Fighters who have agreed to fight under the Golden Boy banner include No. 1 World Boxing Council lightweight contender Juan Lazcano of Sacramento, WBC
super-bantamweight champion Oscar Larios of Mexico and new International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Javier Jauregui of Mexico, who along
with Larios have fought previously in Sacramento.
Regan (22-0, 15 knockouts) will be defending his International Boxing Association Continental title against Pedro Ortega (29-12-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico
in the 12-round main event. Five undercard bouts, beginning at 6 p.m., are planned.
Other Sacramento fighters on the card are featherweight Valanna McGee (3-2), welterweight Anthony Charnell (2-1-1) and lightweight Tony Armenta (0-1).