I have a regular column, “The Ugly American” featured in ESQUINA, a new boxing magazine based out of Mexico City. The column runs in Spanish in the print version of ESQUINA and in English on their website. The latest edition of “The Ugly American” focuses on Josesito Lopez and the strange boxing economy. Here is a brief excerpt:
Although Lopez seemed to have a number of opportunities ahead of him after beating Ortiz, he chose the one least favorable to his health. Forced with the option of accepting an unfavorable matchup or facing the uncertain future, Josesito Lopez took the short end of the stick with both hands trembling. Lopez has seen other fighters score big victories only to have their rewards deferred or defrayed altogether. After knocking out undefeated James Kirkland last year, for example, Japanese junior middleweight Nobuhiro Ishida was next seen in action eight months later at the Monumental Plaza de Toros against a fighter making his pro debut. Tomorrow is never promised in boxing, but if you wait around long enough, you can be sure it will come around and stick its foot out when you least expect it. Read more from ESQUINA.