Boxers, St. Paul, 2002 2

Bonsante, a tough kid from the Iron Range, where Italians had settled in great number for mining jobs, beat Soto fairly handily that night, and went on, according to BoxRec, to a string of wins for the next year and a half before losing a series of bouts in big arenas, his main shot, after that. He retired in 2014.

I stopped training long ago, and never photographed much in gyms, which, for all their activity, can be very private places; everyone with their hands wrapped, working on a dream.