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McCrary cracks under pressure, loses by decision

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

Originally Published: October 2, 2007
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

There is no fighter more maligned, regionally speaking, than the American Midwesterner.

Home to the one of the banes of Teddy Atlas' existence, the "soft commissions," the Midwest boxer is best known for having an inflated record, built on a balsa-wood foundation of hapless opponents.

Donny McCrary, the latest boxer to exit "The Contender," is a Missouri resident, and he has heard the cruel verbal taunts that echo the typical stereotypes associated with the Midwest fighter. But ...

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