JEFF PEARLMAN

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Brian Minto

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This is Brian Minto. He is a journeyman heavyweight fighter, and a guy worth rooting for. He plays a prominent role in my latest SI.com column, which ran today. Because approximately 26 Americans care about boxing anymore, the site didn’t give it much play. But if you feel like reading about a decent man, here’s your shot.

I actually watched his latest fight, against a prized heavyweight named Chris Arreola, while I was sick in bed. Minto was supposed to get killed, but he showed some true grit and courage. I e-mailed his website that night, received a callback the following afternoon. Good guy, solid fighter, worthy of the attention.