Chargin loses battle with cancer

Lorraine Chargin, who promoted boxing cards with her Hall of Fame husband, Don Chargin, since the 1950s, died after a short battle with cancer at a hospital near their home in Cambria, Calif., on Tuesday night. She was 79.

When Don Chargin was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 2001 many wondered why Lorraine, his wife for 49 years, wasn't inducted alongside him. Together, they promoted thousands of fights, mostly in California.

They were largely responsible for a thriving Sacramento, Calif., fight scene during the 1980s and '90s. Together they helped develop such fighters as former champions Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza and Willie Jorrin.

From 1964 to 1984, Don Chargin was the matchmaker for regular cards at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, and Lorraine was by his side working on them as much as he did.

Later, they worked together at Don Chargin Productions, the promotional company he headed that promoted numerous cards, including many that were televised on ESPN2 and Telefutura.

"I don't know what I'll do without my sweet Lorraine," Chargin said in a statement. "I can't stop looking at her picture. The only comfort I have is knowing that my sweetheart is no longer suffering."

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday in Cambria.

Dan Rafael is ESPN.com's boxing writer.