Fighters who had exceptionally horrible beginnings
This came to mind as I was reading about Jens Pulver having lost 9 of his 10 fights just now. Most of you know that his father was horribly abusive, and Jens published a book through a small press documenting his formative years. He isn't doing well lately obviously, but the fact that he got as far as he did is (sorry if this sounds trite) a testament to his incredible heart, determination, and the strength of the human spirit.
The Diaz brothers mean muggin' in Stockton comes to mind, of course, as does Huerta's upbringing, which made me tear up like a bitch when I read about it.
I'm sure you all can think of fighters who weathered similar circumstances. How deep did these guys have to dig, and how lucky did they get when they hooked up with some of the people who guided them in the right direction?
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