Trouble in the Big Apple

By Robert Ecksel on November 22, 2011
Trouble in the Big Apple
Does anyone think that Melvina Lathan and the NYSAC want to open this old can of worms?


It isn’t as though the New York State Athletic Commission isn’t in enough trouble already.

As everyone waits for the final ruling to determine if Antonio Margarito will be licensed to fight Miguel Cotto on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, one of the ghosts of boxing’s past has suddenly materialized and plans on paying the NYSAC a visit.

Luis Resto, who was the Margarito of his day, except for the fact he was penalized for life and not a year for committing the same offense against the sport, wants back into the fight game.

The 56-year-old the former welterweight, who hails from the Bronx, was convicted in 1983 and jailed for three years for using loaded gloves, figures it’s time to let bygones be bygones.

At a recent screening of Assault in the Ring, a documentary that focuses on his and his trainer Panama Lewis’ transgression, which inadvertently led to the death of Billy Collins Jr., Resto expressed a desire to start working corners in pro fights.

“I just want to be in boxing again,” he told BoxingScene.com. “I want to be in the corner, working with fighters. I think they should give me a license. I already paid my dues, spent time in prison. Everyone deserves a second chance. I like to train people. This is what I know how to do.”

Resto intends to apply for a trainer’s license, take the written test, pay the $10 licensing fee, and hope for the best.

Interestingly, unfathomably, the subject of Antonio Margarito and the grotesque double standard did not come up.

We wish Resto well, just as we wish Margarito well. But forgiving and forgetting, while fine in principle, has its limits. Besides, does anyone think that Melvina Lathan and the Commission want to open this old can of worms, especially after the shellacking they’ve received as a result the Margarito business?

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  1. "Old Yank" Schneider 01:27pm, 11/22/2011

    Without question boxing is the STD of sportsdom!

  2. "Old Yank" Schneider 01:26pm, 11/22/2011

    BEAUTIFUL!!!  There ain’t no cure for the gift that keeps on giving!

  3. Robert Ecksel 11:28am, 11/22/2011

    Old Yank—You should have seen the Bobfather and Commissioner Lathan at the presser in NYC not long ago. He likes the ladies (few though they are in this environment) and was the epitome of charm, flattering and flirting with her like there was no tomorrow. She responded in kind with shy smiles and enough batting of eyelashes to cause a breeze to rustle through the Edison Ballroom. It was amusing in its way, even touching, and all the more ironic in light of what has since transpired. Say what you will, but boxing as a subject is the gift the keeps on giving…

  4. "Old Yank" Schneider 10:04am, 11/22/2011

    Cotto released a statement moments ago that he will not fight Margarito ANYWHERE if the NYSAC rules Margarito unfit to fight.  He said that he will honor their decision and would hope all commissions honor it as well.

  5. "Old Yank" Schneider 09:43am, 11/22/2011

    Robert—For what it’s worth…My impression is that last September the Margarito camp submitted the “required” application and med form.  The NYSAC apparently picked up that Margarito’s operation to repair broken bones around his eye was not the only operation that took place.  According to accounts I’ve picked up on, the NYAC requested additional information LAST SEPTEMBER about the “other” procedure Margarito went through.  That “other procedure” was an artificial lens replacement in his right eye.  The Margarito camp was NOT forthcoming with the required information until the LAST MINUTE.  This STINKS of Arum pulling the NYSAC into a last minute situation of looking like fools if they cancelled a major bout and looking like incompetents if they did not protect the safety of a fighter.  The NYSAC and Melvina Lathan appear to have been INTENTIONALLY placed in a NO-WIN situation – BY ARUM!  An artificial lens replacement is grounds for DENIAL of a license in every commission jurisdiction in the USA.  In EVERY CASE some SERIOUS follow up medical examination is required in order to even CONSIDER granting a license to a fighter with an artificial lens replacement.  Please provide the name or names of fighters granted licenses with artificial lenses – I can’t think of a single one.  I’m not sure if I can recall a SINGLE INSTANCE of the NYSAC granting a license to a fighter with an artificial lens replacement.  In my humble opinion, the NYSAC is being given a black eye UNFAIRLY!

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