Feature | Nov 15 2019

The Disappearance of the Billionaire Heavyweight: Whatever Happened to Roman Greenberg?

Roman Greenberg was tipped to become boxing's first billionaire heavyweight before he suffered his first loss and disappeared. Elliot Worsell investigates
Roman Greenberg  |  (Action Images / Lee Smith)

“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.


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