Weekend Roundup – Boxing, Australia, Bonnie Parker, and Garcia v. Fernandez
Due to the disappointing lack of cigar news in the last week or two, I haven’t done a roundup in a very long time. Thankfully, though, there were a few gems sprinkled in with the hundreds of blog-unworthy news stories I sifted through today, so I’ve once again packed them all into one post for your reading pleasure.
First off, Cuba’s Yoan Pablo Hernandez defeated Steve Cunningham on Saturday, thereby laying claim to the IBF cruiserweight title and bringing his already impressive record up to 25-1. While it wasn’t exactly a sweeping victory—the fight was stopped early due to cuts from head collisions early on in the fight and Hernandez won by technical split decision—the win still marks an important milestone in Hernandez’ career. So aside from the fact that Hernandez was born in Havana, you might be asking, how is this cigar-related? I’ll tell you how—according to an article in the Calgary Herald, the 26-year-old Hernandez will celebrate the bittersweet victory with a fine stogie. “I’ll have to get stitches,” he remarked, “but then I’ll treat myself to a cigar.”
In other news, Saturday marked what would have been the 101st birthday of Bonnie Parker, best known as Clyde Barrow’s partner in crime. Even though Bonnie didn’t actually smoke cigars, she was widely known as a cigar smoker ever since the police were searching an abandoned hideout and found photos of her wielding a revolver and comically chewing on a stogie. Anyway, check out this post on laist.com for a video tribute to Bonnie Parker.
In Australia, officials are now considering extending the proposed plain packaging law, which will soon mandate that all cigarettes utilize plain, brown packaging with oversized health warnings, to cigars and other tobacco products, according to an article in the Australian. The legislation would completely do away with the decorative packaging for which cigars have been known for hundreds of years and require that they be shrouded in olive green with huge, graphic health warnings printed on them. I’m not sure if this means that cigar companies will have to make special “Australia Edition” releases or if they’ll just say “Screw Australia” altogether and stop shipping to Australian merchants, but either way, it looks like we can expect some olive-green bleakness in the future of Australia’s cigar culture.
For those of us in the U.S., it seems like we’re far-removed from this kind of ridiculousness, and for now, that may be true. But as we’ve learned from smoking bans that have been spreading across the world like wildfire in the last few years, all it takes is one country to start a pervasive chain reaction, so this is just as much of an issue for smokers everywhere as it is for Australians.
Anyway, that aside, I thought I’d end this one on a positive note. According to a recent post by Cigar Aficionado, a lawsuit filed by Eduardo Fernandez of Aganorsa S.A. against the family of Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia has been settled out of court. The suit ended with the Garcia family purchasing Fernandez’ half of the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami, as well as his half of Tabacalera Cubana S.A. in Nicaragua, for an undisclosed sum, thereby making themselves the sole proprietors of the business. The settlement was reached on September 29, ending a behind-the-scenes legal battle that has persisted for over a year.
Anyway, this concludes our latest news roundup. If you think I missed anything, feel free to post it in a comment below.