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Boxing faces questions about culture

Four high-profile fighters -- Alexis Arguello, Arturo Gatti, Vernon Forrest and Edwin Valero -- have died in the past 10 months, raising issues about the sport.

Updated: May 6, 2010, 6:39 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

Ken Adams took the number out of his cell phone last week. It seemed useless to keep it any longer. Edwin Valero was gone.

Adams' younger days as a master sergeant in the Army prepared the old man for this, that life, in a violent profession, is accompanied by its share of death. He speaks in a gravelly Ozark accent and carries 69 years of wisdom packed underneath a thick layer of skin. Outside of a sport they both loved, he had very little in common with Valero.

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