Originally written on Bleacher Report  |  Last updated 8/8/9
I have always suspected that a guilty conscience is a burden not worth any spoils it earns a cheating boxer. Antonio Margarito lost his match with Shane Mosley as much because his sins had been exposed as that this punches didn't hold the same oomph without the plaster of paris he was no stranger to. Assault in the Ring, producer/director Eric Drath's study of the aftereffects of Luis Resto's unfortunate win over Irish blossoming star Billy Collins Jr., lays bare the price paid for cheating to gain an unfair advantage in the ring.   Tampering with boxing gloves, a too common practice, embodies a cruel dog-eat-dog ring sensibility. Hands, either without padding or enhanced by plaster, become lethal weapons when a boxer and his trainer make that particular kind of dark deal—doing whatever it takes to win a fight. In this heartbreaking documentary, Drath captures the depths of despair of Collins and his trainer, who is aware of Collins' disintegration. Ruiz endured in the wake of the ...
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