The violent sport of boxing shaped and used to be shaped by notions of Mexican national identity all the way through the 20th century. This book reveals how boxing and boxers turned into sources of national pride and sparked debates on what it meant to be Mexican, masculine, and up to date.
The success of world-champion Mexican boxers played a key role in the upward thrust of Los Angeles as the middle of pugilistic activity in america. This international success made the fighters potent symbols of a Mexican culture that used to be cosmopolitan, nationalist, and masculine. With research in archives on both sides of the border, the creator uses their life stories to track the history and meaning of Mexican boxing.