Bringing hope to fellow Salvadorans was key to Hernandez's success

When Carlos Hernandez steps into the ring, the crime rate in El Salvador drops. Coincidence? Hardly. William Dettloff looks at one fighter's fistic plight to cure his people's woes.

Originally Published: October 2, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

Watching it happen in front of you, you could have been excused for thinking Carlos Hernandez had been born and raised in El Salvador, the tiny Central American country teeming incongruously with hopeful, world-worn souls and displaced Los Angeles gangsters.

He wept through the postfight interviews after beating David Santos for the IBF super featherweight title in Las Vegas way back in 2003, and thanked all his fans back in El Salvador, which was where his heart was, it was easy to see. ...

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