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Through boxing, Ouma escaped nightmarish childhood

From his days as a child soldier in Uganda to his in-ring exploits and rise to a championship, Kassim Ouma is the epitome of a fighter -- as well as the American dream. Tessitore

Updated: March 30, 2008, 4:08 PM ET
By Joe Tessitore | ESPN.com

Seemingly every night, ESPN programming is filled with world-class athletes who emerged from challenging backgrounds. Many have similar stories. Socioeconomic hurdles -- including hardships, limits or tragedy -- are the norm.

Now another world-class athlete who is overcoming adversity will have his story told.

This story, however, is far from that norm. This story starts in a living hell and may never escape from it. It's been told before, but now a much brighter spotlight is ...

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