Have you ever been put in a competition where you had to fight with your best friend since childhood? Antonio Cruz and Felix Vargas, the main character in the story “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas, had always dream of someday becoming lightweight champion of the world. Each had fought many bouts representing their community and had won two gold-plated medals plus a silver and bronze medallion. Now, after a series of elimination bouts, both Antonio and Felix had to fight against each other in the Golden Gloves Championship Tournament. Will the competition come between their friendships? The two learned not to let the competition come between them.
The story is set sometime in the 70’s. The boys grew up in the same tenement building on fifth street between avenue A and B on the lower east side of Brooklyn, a suburb of Manhattan. The boys run together along the East River Drive. The fight was held in Tompkins Square Park. There were large posters plastered all over the walls of local shops. The fight had created great interest in the neighborhood.
The story begins when the two boys decided not to see each other until the day of the fight, in order for it to be fair. After weeks of preparing it was time it’s the day of the fight. Round 1 was on any small doubt about their friendship affecting their fight, was gone. It was like they never met they bobbed and weave. It was really crazy. Round 2 were complicated, but none of them give in. In Round 3, the final round where the winner would be decides. The fans let a cry of alarm as the two fighters fought toe-to-toe.
In the climax of the story, the winner of the fight was about to be declare. The announcer turned to point to the winner, but found himself alone. The champions left arm and arm; the two amigos had already left the ring. Throughout the story the two amigos fought each other with all their best just to represent The Boys Club. They worked hard along the way but in the end they left the ring together, leaving...