By Brin-Jonathan Butler
"What is a million cash in comparison to the affection of 8 million Cubans?"
This was once the query posed by way of mythical boxer Teofilo Stevenson within the Nineteen Seventies, topped via many because the Muhammad Ali of Cuba, in line with a proposal of 5 million cash to go away his island to struggle Ali. yet no longer all Cubans have come to an analogous end, not to mention with such obvious ease. Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time Olympic champion and inheritor to Stevenson's throne, sacrificed every little thing he had in his domestic country—his spouse, his son, his government-subsidized vehicle and condo, in addition to common reverence between his fellow citizens—to try and make it within the mecca of big-money boxing, the us of the US. yet has the opportunity to make sturdy in the US been well worth the lack of his nationwide id and the affection of his countrymen? And to what quantity has he been corrupted via the promise of untold riches?
In A Cuban Boxer's trip, writer, filmmaker, and journalist Brin-Jonathan Butler chronicles the attention-grabbing and tumultuous profession of Rigondeaux—moody, pushed, and virtually mythically talented––as he makes an attempt to trap the elusive and infrequently punishing American dream. See how this athlete's so much daunting problem turns into how he can live on the complicated forces outdoors of the hoop.
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There is nothing in this book to challenge the historical assessment of the Louisville Sponsoring Group as a positive force. 27 Although noblesse oblige was the organization’s major motivation, we must also examine what its members got out of the deal. In an age when southern states did not have major-league professional sports franchises, the Louisville Sponsoring Group could use Clay to bring civic pride and national attention to the city. The more he fought there, the more recognition for Louisville.
Instead, he said he would think about it, since there were several other interested managers, including Cus D’A mato. There was also talk of a syndicate of local businessmen organizing themselves to make an offer. 19 Throughout September, Louisville’s sports pages speculated over Clay’s decision. Louisville Times sports editor Dean Eagle offered unsolicited advice about what Clay should do, and in retrospect it seems that he was on Reynolds’s payroll. ” Another asserted, “Well, if it were me I would run to the nearest phone and call Reynolds.
53 Meanwhile, heavyweight boxing underwent a dramatic change. For four years, Sonny Liston had been toiling as the division’s top contender, cleaning out the division with one knockout after another. Liston’s victories were total. Durable, talented fighters had left the ring with broken bones in their faces, missing teeth, and far fewer brain cells than before. Floyd Patterson and his manager/trainer Cus D’A mato had avoided Liston like the plague, and they got away with it because Liston’s criminal past and mob ties gave them an excuse to refuse the match.
A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Castro's Traitor to American Champion by Brin-Jonathan Butler