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Life has been a trip for "The Born-Again Brawler"

While other kids were, well, being kids, Calvin Brock was asking tougher questions. The interesting answers he found took him to where he is today, writes Michael Woods.

Originally Published: June 21, 2006
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Calvin Brock, decades before he matured into the best American heavyweight boxer on the scene, used to sit in his room and contemplate his future.

Who am I? What is my purpose?

The other kids were riding bikes, roughhousing, busy manufacturing scrapes that cried out for Mom's attention. But Brock, who faces the stiffest test of his career when he meets unbeaten Uzbekistani Timur Ibragimov in Las Vegas on Saturday, was different. He pondered heavier questions.

At age ...

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