Brin-Jonathan Butler

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Brin-Jonathan Butler (born 1979) is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. His work has been published in The Classical,[1] The Rumpus[2], and[3] His book A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, from Castro’s Traitor to American Champion will be published by Picador in June 2014.

Brin has a forthcoming documentary film, Split-Decision, which is a cautionary examination of Cuban-­American relations, and the economic and cultural paradoxes that have shaped those relations since Fidel Castro’s revolution, through personal stories and interviews with the world’s most famous contemporary Cuban boxers (Teofilo Stevenson, Felix Savon, Guillermo Rigondeaux) and international authorities on Cuba in addition to journalists (S.L. Price, Steve Fainaru, Ann Louise Bardach, Carlos Eire, Leon Gast), and other boxing figures (Larry Merchant, George Foreman, Ronnie Shields, Bob Arum, Freddie Roach). The film also contains the last known interview of 3 time Olympic gold medalist, Teofilo Stevenson before his passing on June 11, 2012.

Brin is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.


Picador USA is publishing two books by Brin in 2014: A Cuban Boxer's Journey, a biography on Guillermo Rigondeaux, and The Domino Diaries, a memoir of time in Cuba living and training with Olympic boxing coaches.


  • What More Could Have Angulo Given Us? [1]
  • Donaire-Rigondeaux Full of Promises [2]


  • Sparring with Mike Tyson [3]


  • The Horrors of Staying in Touch on Facebook [4]



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