Handwraps and doctored gloves take center stage in Luis Resto's story. Should his past actions prevent him from being a part of boxing's future? (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The infamous Luis Resto is going to apply for a second's license in New York according to Mitch Abramson. For those who don't know, Luis Resto is currently banned from boxing because of his bout with Billy Collins Jr in 1983. Before this fight, Collins was an up and coming young fighter with a decent future and Resto was just a stepping-stone. Resto pulled off the upset, scoring a unanimous decision victory. Yet, it was later discovered that all of the padding was taken out of Resto's gloves, making his punches extremely powerful. These punches caused Collins to spend several nights in the hospital with a torn iris. This injury led to permanently blurred vision, and ended the career of Billy Collins. Collins then became depressed and was killed in a car accident less than a year after the Resto fight. Many of his friends and family think that the accident was a suicide. Resto admitted in 2007 that not only was the padding taken out of the gloves, but his handwraps were also dipped in plaster of paris, which would harden over the course of the fight. By the end of this fight, it must have been like hitting Collins with a set of rocks. Resto was convicted of assault in 1986, and served out a 2 and ½ years in prison.
All of these events were retold in the Emmy awarding winning documentary ‘Assault in the Ring' by Eric Drath. This documentary portrays Resto as a puppet of his evil trainer Panama Lewis. The film makes Resto out to be a sympathetic figure who truly wants to apologize for his terrible actions. I take this movie with a gigantic grain of salt. Any fighter knows when the padding is taken out of the gloves, especially when your fists are dipped in plaster of paris. What he and Lewis did on the day of the Collins fight is truly the greatest possible sin in boxing. Cheating that day ended the career of another fighter, and arguably led to his death.
Of course the NYSAC is currently dealing with the eye health of Antonio Margarito, another notorious cheater. Resto was already granted a trainer's license from USA Boxing-Metro to work with amateurs in the 2002 New York Golden Gloves competition. The reasoning was essentially that Resto was trying to help kids and that he made his mistakes in the pro ranks and not in the amateur ranks.
I'm of the opinion that Resto should not be allowed anywhere close to boxing, especially so close to up and coming fighters. He can be as sorry as he wants to be, it doesn't change what he did in the past, and it doesn't change the consequences. As opposed to Margo, Resto is very repentant and it makes me forgive Resto as a person. However, that doesn't mean that everything is cool and he can start training people. What do you guys think? If you were the NYSAC, would you give Resto a second's license?