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Palomino's unlikely career leads to Hall of Fame

Originally Published: June 11, 2004
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

Carlos Palomino never particularly liked to fight.

He did so only out of necessity & for his father's amusement, to mark his turf as a Tijuana shoeshine boy, to defend himself at the schoolyard.

It seems like the beginnings of a tale that has become familiar over the years: A Mexican kid takes up boxing to escape the hardscrabble barrio and becomes a world champion.

Palomino's journey was much different.

Vietnam forced him into the sport late. A passion for acting lured ...

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