November 18, 2018

Don Chargin’s final show will be a tribute to the HOF Promoter at Cache Creek Saturday night. Chargin passed away last week at the age of 90.


Simon Ruvalcaba

Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, among his many great promoting skills, was known for scouting the unknown or little known fighters and getting them to a big opportunity. Chargin passed away last Friday at the age of 90 as he was doing final promotion for tonight’s show at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA. Although the likes of protege promoter Paco Damian and Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, whom Chargin groomed as Senior Adviser to Golden Boy Promotions, will continue the Chargin legacy, the final show that has his finger prints on it features up and coming fighters like he always preferred to put on in his many years of promoting.

Saturday night’s main event for the Global Boxing Organization’s Light Heavyweight title is a rematch from February between Lancaster, CA’s Jose Hernandez 19-4-1 (9) looking to repeat his majority decision victory over Vacaville, CA’s Ryan Bourland 15-2 (5) who is looking for revenge. Both fighters have had one bout since their first meeting. Bourland bounced back with a victory in June while Hernandez parlayed his victory into a big opportunity against unbeaten former Notre Dame Linebacker Mike Lee and lost by decision. Look for another tightly contested fight and one that Chargin would be proud of!

The co-main event features Joel Diaz, Jr. returning to the ring after suffering his first pro defeat facing veteran Miguel Angel Huerta. Diaz lost by TKO to now WBC Super Lightweight champion Regis Prograis in June of 2017 but prior to that fight was one of boxing’s best prospects.

Sacramento, CA Cruiserweight and Iraq war Veteran Blake “The Beast” McKernan looks to improve to 10-0 against Alfredo Contreras. McKernan looks to take another step in his career inside the ring. Outside of the ring, he is gaining national attention, having been an invited guest to the ESPY and Golden Globe awards in Hollywood. McKernan’s own Hollywood story is in the making if he continues to stay hungry?

Three bouts featuring unbeaten prospects against capable opponents round out the show as 5-0 lightweight Ivan Vergara faces Pablo Cupul, Welterweight Rudy Nicolas Macedo 7-0 (6) battles Yasmani Pedroso and Middleweight Jorge Chavez 2-0 versus Albert Leyva.

Doors open at 5 P.M. first bout is at 6, tickets still available on the Cache Creek Casino Resort website

About the Editor

Army Veteran and former Professional Boxer Simon Ruvalcaba started boxing at the age of ten and Had a 71 fight amateur career which featured a 139 lbs. 1998 8th U.S. Army Boxing Championship out of Camp Casey, Korea and a spot on the prestigious Army Boxing Team at Fort Hood, TX. After a journeyman pro career of 18 fights, which included sparring sessions with many champions and contenders including Julio Cesar Chavez and Pernell “Sweat Pea” Whitaker, Simon started writing and has contributed to many publications and websites including,, Tahoe Daily Tribune (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV). He has also been the Boxing Instructor for Ken Shamrock and The Lions Den and was UFC star Paige VanZant’s first boxing coach!
Born and Raised in South Lake Tahoe, California he now resides in Sun Valley, Nevada and spends as much time as possible with his Son Gabriel! Beyond boxing, Simon is an all around sports fanatic and is passionate about the teams that he roots for!

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