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Supporters drive through wildfires to cheer

Updated: May 8, 2004, 2:01 AM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Vicente Escobedo didn't want to disappoint the fans who came to cheer him on. Not after they drove through fire to see the boxer who will represent the United States in the lightweight division in Athens.

Escobedo's friends and family helped pack a hotel showroom Saturday night to watch the 132-pounder win a decision over Puerto Rican Olympian Alexander de Jesus that boosted his Olympic hopes.

It wasn't easy, since the 150 or so fans who came from his hometown ...

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