The continuation of Panama in the sport of boxing in spite of his actions -blatant cheating - says something about the regulatory structure of the sport and about what goes on 'behind closed doors' between trainers, promoters and fight managers... the boxers are often innocent parties to fixes and 'doping' or so we're told. This kind of person sullies the reputation of the entire sport and all the participants. Any longtime fan hates to see this kind of behavior because it makes him feel stupid believing that Mike Tyson wasn't just a creation of Bill Cayton and his monied partners. When Tyson split with them, Cayton bemoaned the money he'd spent creating the Myth of Invincibility around Iron Mike. Mike's weakness of character saw him unravel on his own once he lost the protection of Cus D'amato but that is another story - about a disturbed boy in a man's body manipulated by evil Kings...
Thanks to "Ringtalk " for the story and all the good reporting on various boxing f--k-ups! They remind me of "The Smoking Gun"; covering the Dark Side of Boxing.
PANAMA LEWIS: RING TALK “WALL OF SHAME” FIRST INDUCTEE! - RINGTALK
IT WAS PANAMA Lewis and “THE SPECIAL MIX”
Seven months after asking for that, “Special bottle…the one I mix,” just prior to the 14th round in which Aaron Pryor finished off Alexis Arguello on November 12, 1982, Panama was in the corner of rugged club fighter Luis Resto vs. Billy Collins UNDR Roberto Duran-Davey Moore June 16, 1983. Before the fight, Panama removed an ounce of stuffing/padding out of each of Resto’s gloves, something the fighter now claims Lewis had done on other occasions.
RESTO CLAIMS MORE IN RECENT YEARS
In addition, Resto now claims that Lewis put a “plaster of Paris” substance in his hand wraps (can we all say, Antonio Margarito), thus when the late Billy Collins said between rounds that it felt like he was “getting hit with ashtrays,” he wasn’t embellishing matters. Panama Lewis spent 2.5 years in prison after being convicted of assault, criminal possession of a weapon (Resto’s hands) and conspiracy.
STILL MAKES A LIVING TRAINING
Although Lewis continues to train fighters here and there, he is banned from working a corner in every jurisdiction but the state of Pennsylvania. When I last heard, Panama, now nearing 60, was living in Las Vegas and not in great health. For ruining Billy Collin’s career as a fighter, which caused depression which probably led to his death by car accident some nine months later, Panama Lewis (pictured above) is the first inductee to the Wall of Shame.
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