Charlotte Observer: You can measure the progress of immigrants in American society by the names of boxing champions. The Irish ruled at the start of the 20th century: Sullivan, Corbett, Ryan, Jeffries. Then came the Jews: Rosenbloom, Leonard, Baer. They were followed by the Italians (Marciano, Graziano) and African-Americans (Joe Louis and everyone after him).
By the 1970s, many Latinos took this path to fame, wealth and prestige in their homelands. One of the first – perhaps the greatest, most unruly, determined and arrogant – was Roberto Durán, who gets his due in “Hands of Stone,” which was his nickname.