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Hamill an inspiration for deaf community

Updated: May 26, 2011, 9:56 AM ET
By Chuck Mindenhall | For ESPN.com

Matt Hamill can't hear his corner during a fight. Although he can read lips from across the room as easily as you or I might read a large-print book, his eyes are never anything but focused on what's in front of him.

He can't hear his walk-out music or the crowd reacting to what he does.

Unless you're deaf, it's impossible to know exactly what it's like to fight in trapped-cathedral quiet, alone with something as impalpable as thought.

But that's what Hamill does, and ...

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