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For city fifth-grader, pride is in the punch
For city fifth-grader, pride is in the punch

March 19, 2011 While Lorenzo Simpson's classmates at City Springs Elementary/Middle were taking the Maryland School Assessments this month, the fifth-grader was 1,000 miles away facing his own series of tests - in the boxing ring. With the memory of a recently slain gym mate weighing on his mind, the 10-year-old plowed through the last of a dozen 95-pound opponents to take a championship title at the National Silver Gloves Tournament of Champions in Kansas City, Mo., one of the nation's largest amateur tournaments for young boxers.Lorenzo won his title just three days before his 11th birthday and less than a week after his friend and role model became the 29th homicide victim in...