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Hernandez loses but still feels like a winner

Australia's Sam Soliman did the "Contender" house a huge favor by sending home fast-talking Max Alexander.

Originally Published: September 19, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Any introspective person covering boxing occasionally finds him or herself asking if the sport is too brutal, and wonders if maybe the most humane thing would be too ban boxing altogether. Occasionally we come across a boxer like Miguel Hernandez, and we're reminded that the sport can serve as a positive catalyst in a young person's life.

In 1980, Hernandez was five years old. He was living in Chicago, and his mother Elsa was having a rough time making ends meet. She was deeply depressed, ...

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