Chico and the Man (1974–1978)

Champs Ain't Chumps 

After successfully replacing an ailing boxer in the ring, Chico considers a career change.


Jack Donohue


James Komack (created by), Ben Starr | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Jack Albertson ... Ed Brown
Freddie Prinze ... Chico Rodriguez
Scatman Crothers ... Louie Wilson
Danny Mora ... Salvador
Chuck Bergansky Chuck Bergansky ... Packy O'Brien
Milton Frome ... Milton Lockman


After successfully replacing an ailing boxer in the ring, Chico considers a career change.

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Release Date:

28 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Broadcast on that fatal night
23 July 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Champs Ain't Chumps" sees Chico rejoicing in his successful replacement of a boxer friend in the ring, actually knocking out a big gorilla. Milton Lockman (Milton Frome) is a boxing manager willing to take on 'Chiller Chico' as his latest client, which makes Ed even grouchier than usual. His first bout is three rounds against a former champion, training day after day with Della's assistant Salvador (Danny Mora, third of five). We get a mention of Chico's most recent girlfriend Nancy, introduced in "Morgan and the Man," though she never made a second appearance. With only five more episodes for Freddie Prinze, his thinner physique and haggard face is really beginning to show the ravages of heavy drug use; ironically, this was broadcast on the very night he shot himself in his traumatic despair.

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