The great delusion of boxing

Suspending disbelief is par for the course for fighter or fan in this fantasy world

Updated: January 22, 2014, 4:44 PM ET
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

It has been said that the truth will set you free, but in boxing an axiom often attributed to the Talmud is far more appropriate: "We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are."

I had never really thought much about these opposing worldviews until 1988, when I published an article in The Ring titled "The Horror Of Kid Chocolate." British journalist Jonathan Rendell, who was going to Cuba to cover amateur boxing for the BBC, wanted to know if there was something he could ...

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