Ex-Prizefighter Shot to Death Near His Home

An ex-prizefighter who once beat "Golden Boy" Art Aragon was shot to death late Wednesday less than a block from his Eagle Rock home, police said Thursday.

Carlos Chavez, 68, was returning home from a local pizza parlor when a man shot him once in the chest, said Detective Roger Sobie.

Chavez, a retired brewery worker, was a welterweight boxer in the 1950s who was well-known locally. He won a 10-round decision against Aragon, now a bail bondsman in Van Nuys, in June, 1950, then lost a rematch when the "Golden Boy" knocked him out in the first round.

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