There is only one thing about Carlos Olmeda that is simple, and that’s his left hook, a powerful weapon for a boxer who is a wiry 130 pounds. Everything else about him, from why he’s 27 but has only two fights as a professional, to how he entered this country and why he might have to leave, is a tangled mess of stories and threads and contradictions.
Olmeda’s third professional fight comes Thursday night at the Durham Armory, and it’s hard to imagine much more riding on it. If he’s going to make a career of this, chase the big paydays and get ranked and get on television, he’s going to need to impress the promoters who will be scouting the card. And if he wants to remain in this country, he needs to do everything he can to convince an immigration judge next month he has a future here.
Ah, but it’s even more complicated than that.
Olmeda came to the United States illegally from Mexico as a teen before becoming a “Dreamer” – part of the Deferred