I have a regular column, “The Square Jungle” featured on the Undisputed Champion Network, a new digital entertainment website and video channel dedicated to the art and science of boxing. Here is an excerpt:
At one time, Edgar Santana had a fair following in New York – Puerto Ricans would gather by the dozens in the balconies of the Manhattan Ballroom to work over their maracas, guiros and panderetas – but his ride as a prospect came to a streaking halt when Bronx-based Dominican Harrison Cuello flattened him with a single punch in 2007. Although Santana went on to squeak out a close decision over Josesito Lopez on “ShoBox,” his best years were already behind him. A prison stint, a middling comeback with almost no fanfare and now, in his mid-30s, Santana finds a pot of gold waiting for him at the end of the Stephen Espinoza Rainbow. Keep in mind that for every fighter who makes a financial killing based on connections, there are a dozen weather-beaten men who tax themselves physically and emotionally in grimy gyms under inferno-like conditions every day for precisely this strange chance: the moment someone confuses their dreams with delusions. Read “The Square Jungle” on the Undisputed Champion Network.