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A look inside Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym

Originally Published: April 27, 2009
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

Here's why boxing's different: The Wild Card Gym, near the intersection of Santa Monica and Vine in Hollywood, is the kind of place no self-respecting professional athlete would willingly enter. It's a couple of big rooms with one ring, a bunch of hanging bags and a bathroom you'd have to be a super-featherweight to turn around in. On a hot day in Los Angeles, with 50 or so fighters and trainers crowded into the place, you don't even want to know about the smell. Trust me, these guys ...

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