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L.A. kids won't throw in the towel on their lives

A troubled bunch of kids in an L.A. high school are replacing fighting in the hallways with fighting in the ring. The result? A new lease on life and hope for a future, writes Kieran Mulvaney.

Originally Published: June 12, 2007
By Kieran Mulvaney | Special to ESPN.com

Nancy Cabral was involved in her first drive-by shooting when she was 10. By the time she was 17, she had been shot twice, and had been shanked while serving four years in juvenile hall.

Finally, Cabral, now 18, decided she had had enough.

"I used to be in the streets, gangbanging with my people, and I decided I didn't want to do that anymore," she said. "I didn't want to be a lowlife. I didn't want to do what I'd been doing in the past no more."

Less than a year after electing to ...

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