Is Lara the next Cuban sensation?

Junior middleweight enters toughest test of career against Alvarez on Saturday

Originally Published: July 10, 2014
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

Joel Casamayor, a white towel draped over his slumped shoulders, sat on a chair in his dressing room, tears running down his wizened face. He was just two months shy of his 37th birthday, and the dream that had begun when he fled Cuba's national boxing team -- four days after arriving in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games -- was, for all intents and purposes, over.

He presented a forlorn contrast to the devil-may-care "El Cepillo" who had frolicked his way through his pro career with the ...

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