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Eleven years on, Casamayor still fighting for fame and family

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Originally Published: November 9, 2007
By Ron Borges | Special to ESPN.com

Joel Casamayor holds a unique place in boxing. He's been in exile twice for his love of it.

The former Olympic gold medalist from Cuba first went into exile in 1996 on the eve of the Atlanta Olympics, where he was expected to win gold for Fidel Castro for the second time. On the eve of those Games, Casamayor and his teammate, Ramon Garbey, slipped away, first into Mexico and later appearing under heavy security in Atlanta to formally announce they were coming to America to turn professional.

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