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Sagging economy leaves boxing fans on the ropes about buying fights

Hard times and a deteriorating economy have some boxing fans thinking twice about digging into their pockets and laying down 50 big ones to watch the fights, writes Robert Cassidy.

Originally Published: October 3, 2008
By Robert Cassidy | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Roberto Gonzalez loves boxing.

He has been passionate about the sport since he was 12 years old and started watching fights with his father in the living room of their Brooklyn, N.Y., home. As a kid, he was hooked on Muhammad Ali and Roberto Duran and Esteban DeJesus; he'd catch them all on free television.

But now, at the age of 52, he is finding it increasingly hard to keep up with the sport he loves. In the current economic climate, frivolity takes a backseat ...

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