It was a very tough week for the boxing community. The BWAA mourns the passing of two great men, Dave Anderson, on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Don Chargin, on Friday, Sept. 28.
Both were Hall of Famers, inside the boxing arena and out. Both were also gifted and giving men.
Chargin, 90, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads: "Chargin’s first promotion, at the age of 23, was Eddie Chavez vs. Manuel Ortiz on September 3, 1951. Along with his wife and fellow Hall of Famer Lorraine, “War A Week” Chargin went on to promote over 3,000 fights, including Carl (Bobo) Olson vs. Paddy Young, Jerry Quarry vs. Jimmy Ellis, Joey Giambra vs. Chico Vejar and such fighters as Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pipino Cuevas, Lupe Pintor, Roberto Duran, Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Pete Ranzany, Carlos Palomino and Tony (The Tiger) Lopez among countless others.
"From 1964 to 1984, he served as matchmaker at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, working in association with Hall of Famer Aileen Eaton. In 2002, he joined Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions as Senior Advisor."
Though, anyone who knew Don also knew it meant more to him that his beloved wife, Lorraine, who passed from cancer in 2010, was inducted this past June.
Anderson, 89, was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads: "Anderson began working at the New York Times in 1966 as a general assignment sports reporter and became sports columnist in November 1971. His writing earned him many accolades, including the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for his sports column and the 1994 Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award for distinguished sports column writing. In 1965 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best magazine sports story for his True magazine article, “The Longest Day of Sugar Ray.”
"In 1972 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best sports feature story of the year for a piece on heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The Boxing Writers Association of America awarded him with the 1973 Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism. He also authored 21 books, including Sugar Ray and In The Corner."