On a quiet Friday morning in a West Baltimore gym above the Cash USA pawnshop, Franchon Crews unleashes a powerful flurry outside the ring.
"It's been a long, a long time coming," she roars. "But I know change gonna come, oh yes it did."
Her final breath floods the room.
"Sorry, that's my own little version," she says in a nearly-empty UMAR Boxing gym. She replaced "will" with "did" — changing the last word of "A Change Is Gonna Come" because for her, change has come.
Decades after they were recorded, Sam Cooke's lyrics resonate with one of the nation's best female boxers. The chubby girl with...