- Apr 19, 2014
Did you see the documentary on the aftermath that fight? A hard watch, it actually follows Resto and at first I was worried it might paint him as too sympathetic a character, but I think the documentary maker did a great job. Resto kept insisting he didn't know the gloves were loaded but eventually admits that he did, which doesn't look too good but when you watch the whole thing I think Resto was in a state of denial, his life completely fell apart and he was a very sorry sight to behold, I do think he has genuine remorse over what happened...Panama Lewis on the other hand made my flesh creep, an evil and disgusting creature. It also raises some uncomfortable questions about Collins Sr. Jrs wife and even the doctor who treated him say Collins could have fought on, but apparently his father wouldn't let him because it might affect the lawsuit, his wife says without boxing Collins became a full blown alcoholic, had a breakdown and she was even worried he might kill her it got so bad, that's when he committed suicide in his car.Back in the 70's they had a guy fighting out of California I believe that went by Armando Muniz and had a decent career. He fought 4 times for the Welterweight Title, but lost all 4.
A few years back they had a young kid named Francisco Bajado that quit after 21 bouts having gone 2-2 in his last 4 fights. He fought from 01-07 and just dropped out of sight. He was being touted at one time as the next best thing in boxing at his weight class.
Then there was this kid named Billy Collins that got robbed of his career when Luis Resto, trained by Panama Lewis, beat the crap out of him and after the fight it was discovered Resto's gloves had been tampered with and a lot of the padding had been removed. Collins never fought again after that fight and until then had a 14-0 record with 11 KO's. Their fight was ruled a No Contest and Resto and Lewis were found guilty of criminal charges and banned from boxing.