Alvarez out to make a name for himself

Updated: March 28, 2009, 11:47 PM ET
By Michael Woods | Special to ESPN.com

Kensington, a working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, wasn't exactly the roughest, toughest part of town. Nobody's saying it was a posh haven for the well-to-do, but it also wasn't a place that demanded Eddie Alvarez grow up fighting -- at first.

For the most part, gritty Kensington was safe. Then, a slow metamorphosis got cooking. Gritty became something darker, nastier. Drugs slithered their way into the community. One dealer, then two, then whole blocks were infested. Race ...

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