Matchmakers' nightmares, replacements' dreams

What happens when one fighter drops out of a scheduled bout, sometimes within hours of the start? The replacement step in, and crazy things can happen.

Originally Published: September 14, 2005
By Michael Rosenthal | Special to ESPN.com

As the story goes, Charlie "Devil" Green was eating a hotdog at a Madison Square Garden concession stand as he waited for the start of a fight card in the summer of 1969.

Then fate intervened to make him part of boxing lore.

Hall of Fame light heavyweight Jose "Chegui" Torres was scheduled to fight Jimmy Ralston before a throng of Torres' rabid Puerto Rican fans. However, only hours before the main event, Ralston bolted the arena for unexplained reasons and Torres was left without an opponent.

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