Patrick Connor is originally from San Diego, California. As a boxing writer, his work has been featured in many publications, including The Guardian, The Fight City, and The Oregonian. He is also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the International Boxing Research Organization. Connor, possessing the rare combination of being a boxing historian and voice actor, has hosted well-regarded podcasts such as Knuckles & Gloves and The Hannibal Boxing Podcast. SHOT AT A BROTHEL is his first book. He lives with his family in Vancouver, Washington.
The salacious story of how heavyweight boxer Oscar 'Ringo' Bonavena ended up murdered outside an infamous Nevada brothel, and why.
Oscar Bonavena remains a god in Argentina. Fighting as a heavyweight during the 1970s, the division's greatest era, Ringo 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.
Bonavena had some of boxing's best handlers, but none from famous trainers to rich syndicates to the sport's top mindscould tame him. And no one could get Conforte and his whorehouse and ex-con goons out of Reno. Ultimately, Ringo plunged into a maelstrom of sex and mayhemand he wouldn't get out alive.
In Shot at a Brothel, Patrick Connor examines in riveting detail Bonavena's fast, turbulent life as well as Conforte's sordid past. Long overdue, here's the real story of how gangsterism, greed, and prostitution destroyed Argentina's greatest heavyweight.