A recent story in Sports Illustrated reported that Nick Charles is dying. When the doctors found his bladder cancer a couple of summers ago, it already had spread to his lungs. It was diagnosed then as Stage 4, the worst stage. Around Christmas, the doctors told him yet another round of chemo might give him a couple of extra months. He declined.Charles is 64. He might best be remembered as a co-anchor of CNN's Sports Tonight. It debuted in 1980 -- almost half his lifetime ago. For the better part of 17 years, he worked alongside Fred Hickman before the show succumbed to the power of ESPN's SportsCenter. The "Hick and Nick" chemistry was electric. Charles was the one with the movie star looks.Away from the studio show, Charles evolved into a top-notch boxing announcer. He worked a little as a host for HBO pay-per-view events and a lot at ringside for Showtime.Six paragraphs into the Sports Illustrated story, Charles told writer Joe Posnanski he wished he could work ringside at just one more fight. He followed up saying it wouldn't happen."It's OK," Charles said. "I've covered a lot of fights."