Setting: Sunny Southern California in the early 1970s. Boxing fans crowded into the Olympic Auditorium, Inglewood Forum and Los Angeles Sports Arena to witness epic battles that are fondly recounted to this day. Spectators were of every stripe, from the Mexican nationals whose reverence for their ring warriors bordered on worship, to movie stars like Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Ryan O’Neal and Elvis.
One of the most popular boxers of this era was “Schoolboy” Bobby Chacon. He had it all: talent, courage and charisma. The handsome fighter was one of the many Golden Boys to come out of the mean streets east of Los Angeles, Oscar de la Hoya being a recent example. Chacon won a world championship at age 22. His success led to fortune and fame, including entrée into television shows and an Academy-Award-nominated motion picture.
But Los Angeles, a town built on dreams, has a long history of nightmares, too. Bobby Chacon walked in both worlds and left a legacy marked by the strange bedfellows of shame and triumph. “Schoolboy” is a compelling, cautionary tale about one man’s tumultuous life. The film documents a rich era in boxing, arguably one of the sport’s last gasps of popularity and respectability.