Hill describes his own upbringing and that of his father, the archetypal American tough guy who nevertheless embraced his considerably softer son. The fact his background is surprisingly respectable, borderline corporate for the boxing world, does nothing to lessen the mystique. Of the several talented young writers covering the fight game Hamilton is less burdened by the conventions of the form than most, enabling him to capture the absurdity and irreverence that makes the Sweet Science so captivating.
Reading this piece prompted me to reach out and acquaint myself with someone whose writing on the sport will doubtless become a mainstay at more mainstream outlets in the coming years. A heartbreaking but common tale repeated in gyms across the country everyday.
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