A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Castro's by Brin-Jonathan Butler

By Brin-Jonathan Butler

"What is a million cash in comparison to the affection of 8 million Cubans?"

This used to be the query posed by way of mythical boxer Teofilo Stevenson within the Nineteen Seventies, topped through many because the Muhammad Ali of Cuba, in line with a suggestion of 5 million cash to depart his island to struggle Ali. yet no longer all Cubans have come to a similar 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 residence, 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 United States. yet has the opportunity to make reliable in the US been well worth the lack of his nationwide identification and the affection of his countrymen? And to what quantity has he been corrupted by means of 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 sometimes punishing American dream. See how this athlete's such a lot daunting problem turns into how he can live to tell the tale the complicated forces outdoor of the hoop.

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