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Paul Vaden was a sensational amateur (10 losses in more than 300 fights), pulled off a stunning upset to win the IBF super welterweight crown, lost his title in an anger-fueled 12-rounder against future Hall of Famer Terry Norris, was TKO'd by larger, stronger middleweight king Keith Holmes, and exited boxing at age 29 not long after a knockout victory over Stephan Johnson, who slipped into a coma and died 15 days later from his injuries.

Vaden's out-of-the-ring story is fraught with other tragedies and triumphs, and his resilience through it all is a triumph in its own right.

This is a remarkable interview with a Southern California legend (San Diego's only native-born world champ), one of the best you'll ever hear. Enjoy!

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