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Holt steers away from easy money, focuses on the ring

Crack, dope and coke. The lure of the streets seduced Kendall Holt. But he soon discovered the errors in his ways and went cold turkey -- turning his focus to boxing. Now Holt sets his sights on WBO light welterweight champion Ricardo Torres.

Originally Published: August 28, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Gangbangers prowled the streets, packing an assortment of lethal hardware, and you had to be prepared to duck every so often, as drive-bys were a daily occurrence.

Dealers did their thing, in broad daylight, and would pause from their business only if a street melee broke out, and cops were forced to come to North Main Street in Paterson, N.J., one of grittiest blocks in the city.

"It was," junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt recalls, "like any urban movie you'll watch. ...

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