The truth has finally been revealed regarding one of sports’ darkest hours. Former prize fighter Luis Resto admitted today at a press conference in New York City that he not only battered “Irish” Billy Collins Jr. for ten rounds during a boxing match, with padding-removed gloves, but that his knuckles were pre-cast with tape soaked in plaster of Paris - before the hollowed gloves were placed over his fists.
As the 25-year-anniversary approaches of the incident that created a sensational scandal following the Collins-Resto welterweight bout at Madison Square Garden in 1983, Bronx native Resto finally came clean – supplying many details during a monumental media gathering at Jack Demsey’s (correct spelling) in midtown Manhattan.
The film Cornered exposes the whole truth behind what really happened that June evening in the world’s most famous arena. Cornered reveals the lurid chain of events that allowed a boxer to endure a 30-minute assault. What transpired before and during the Collins-Resto fight was so heinous it led to Resto’s conviction, incarceration and lifetime ban from boxing. The brutally-beaten Collins quickly fell into a tragic downward spiral.
Cornered picks up with the lives of those people still affected by the crime 25 years later and answers many unanswered questions such as why was this despicable act carried out for the Collins-Resto fight in particular?
And, how did the perpetrators manage to get the tampered gloves past New York State Athletic Commission officials? The film helps boxing gain closure to an open wound, but will justice finally be served for the Collins family estate?
Equipped with today’s new information, Marc R. Thompson of Manhattan’s Pulvers, Pulvers and Thompson, the attorney for Andrea Collins-Nile, widow of late the Billy Collins Jr., has filed of a motion to reopen the case of the Collins-Resto scandal with the Federal District Court against the State of New York. A copy of the motion will be made available to the media shortly.