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City by the shore still capturing fight fans' imaginations

As "Friday Night Fights" hits the Boardwalk this week, Don Stradley takes a look at the rise and fall -- and rise again -- of Atlantic City.

Originally Published: May 7, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

As ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" sets up shop in Atlantic City, N.J., this week, it's tempting to reminisce about the glory days when Pacific Avenue was a puncher's paradise.

Is it possible that 20 years have already passed since Mike Tyson and Donald Trump made it seem, albeit briefly, that Atlantic City was the country's new fight capital? David Anderson of The New York Times wrote at the time, "If boxing had a coat of arms, it would be a half-smoked cigar twisted into a casino ashtray. ...

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