Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar Ringo Bonavena (Paperback)
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Oscar Bonavena remains a god in Argentina. Fighting as a heavyweight during the 1970s, the division's greatest era, "Ringo" Bonavena battled titans like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. To resurrect his career, he moved to Reno, Nevada, and hooked up with a local pimp and gangster, Joe Conforte, who ran the infamous Mustang Ranch with his madam wife Sally.A stubborn boor, Bonavena had some of boxing's best handlers. From famous trainers to rich syndicates to boxing's best minds, no one could tame Bonavena. Similarly, no one could get Conforte and his whorehouse and ex-con goons out of Reno. Ultimately, Ringo lurched into a maelstrom of sex and mayhem--and he didn't get out alive. In Shot at a Brothel, Patrick Connor examines in compelling detail Bonavena's fast, turbulent life as well as Conforte's sordid past. Long overdue, this is the real story of how gangsterism, greed, and prostitution destroyed Argentina's greatest heavyweight. Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar Ringo Bonavena is the sixth in the Hamilcar Noir True Crime series. Hamilcar Noir is Hard-Hitting True Crime that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels.