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Memories of father light fire under Mack

After dropping his last fight and losing his father to cirrhosis, Yusaf Mack is fighting with renewed vigor -- and with a new outlook on his career.

Originally Published: June 3, 2008
By Tim Smith | Special to ESPN.com

Yusaf Mack, a tough Philly fighter, always knew that he had enough natural talent to become a world champion in boxing. Maybe he relied upon it just a little too much during his run through the super middleweight division.

Mack ate the wrong foods, never really focused on training properly and gained the reputation of a boxer who didn't have the stamina to go the distance.

It cost him twice -- most recently against Librado Andrade last October. Mack dropped Andrade in the first ...

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