Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena - Hamilcar Publications

Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena

Patrick Connor

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“Patrick Connor does an excellent job of unraveling the wild life and death of [Bonavena]…It’s a testament to Connor’s abilities as a writer…enough detail to satisfy the hardcore boxing fan as well as a casual fan who picks up the book for the true crime aspect of it.”—Thomas Gerbasi, Boxing News

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 minds—could 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 mayhem—and 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.

Shot at a Brothel: The Spectacular Demise of Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena is the sixth in the Hamilcar Noir series. Hamilcar Noir is “Hard-Hitting True Crime” that blends boxing and true crime, featuring riveting stories captured in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels.

 

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  • Publication Date: August 31, 2021
  • Author: Patrick Connor
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • Imprint: Hamilcar Publications
  • Series: Hamilcar Noir, Vol. 5
  • Paperback:
    • ISBN: 9781949590272
    • Page Count: 144
    • List Price: $10.99 | £8.99

 

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Author

Patrick Connor is originally from San Diego, California. As a boxing writer, his work has been featured in many publications, including The GuardianThe 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.

Follow Patrick on Twitter: @PatrickMConnor

Praise

“Hookers. Murder. Boxing. Author Patrick Connor lays out the promise of all three right there in the title of his first book, ‘Shot at a Brothel’…delivering on the promise…Readers who want to see the Ali era from a less explored angle, with a story that stands on its own, are well served with this read.”—Cliff Rold, Managing Editor, Boxingscene

“This well-written and entertaining book sheds light on how difficult [Bonavena] could be inside and outside the ring…A fast, fun read, highly recommended.”—Robert Mladinich, author of From the Mouth of the Monster: The Joel Rifkin Story

“Patrick Connor does an excellent job of unraveling the wild life and death of [Bonavena]…It’s a testament to Connor’s abilities as a writer…enough detail to satisfy the hardcore boxing fan as well as a casual fan who picks up the book for the true crime aspect of it.”—Thomas Gerbasi, Boxing News

“Connor is a fastidious investigative reporter who explains the story in a compelling, concise style…Picking up this book is an easy decision.”—Tim Parsons, Tahoe Onstage

“Patrick Connor has let loose a high-beamed torch into a number of dark and dirty corners with Shot at a Brothel…Boxing, true crime and brilliantly written.”—Paul Zanon, author of Sinner and Saint and Jimmy Tibbs: Sparring With Life