“SOMEBODY wins and somebody loses,” wrote W.C. Heinz in The Professional. “There’s as much of a story in a fighter losing as in a fighter winning, maybe more.’
This is the story of Roman Greenberg and it begins with a futile Facebook search: R-O-M-A-N. G-R-E-E-N-B-E-R-G.
Cedric Boswell, an old acquaintance, tried spelling the name myriad ways, had a root around Instagram for good measure, but could find no trace of Greenberg’s existence. Resigned to failure, the American heavyweight then began thinking how unusual it was for a man in his thirties to eschew any form of social media presence and replaced initial curiosity with a greater concern for his wellbeing. He hoped he was doing okay.