Join Red Hen Press and Golden Foothills Press for a reading and discussion on memoir with Brittany Ackerman, author of The Perpetual Motion Machine and Joseph C. Robledo, author of Blood on the Canvas.
Canto Robledo's parents immigrated to America from Mexico with big dreams pushing against poverty and hardship. Canto became an amateur boxer at age 15, turned pro at 16, and was the Pacific Coast Bantamweight Champion in 1932 at age 19, headed for a shot at the world championship title. He was a rising star, a local hero to thousands...until that fateful match at age 20 that left him permanently blind. Shattered, he flailed for 5 long years in depression and hopelessness until he found a new calling in his life. As the first and only blind boxing manager and trainer in America, Canto helped change the lives of over 500 young men seeking direction, success, self-esteem, and championships in a career spanning 60 years and earning Hall of Fame honors.
In this book of careful research and cherished recollections, Canto's younger son Joseph, who was also an amateur boxer trained by his father, shares how the icon he knew proudly as his role model and hero turned devastation and shattered dreams into selfless accomplishments bigger than life.