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Unformatted text preview: Becoming a contender is more difficult and tedious than Alfred imagined. Discouraged and frustrated, he attends a Friday night party at the neighborhood street gang's hangout, a basement clubroom. Allowing the gang's leader, Major, to influence him, Alfred spends much of the night drinking and smoking marijuana. Sunday morning, he accompanies the gang to Coney Island in a stolen car and spends most of the day running, alone, from the police. He decides to quit training. While cleaning out his locker at the gym two nights later, Alfred experiences a kind of epiphany, a moment of clarity or self-awareness. Speaking with Mr. Donatelli, he begins to wonder if he ever could have made it as a contender. He realizes that he must try. After more training, Alfred is allowed to spar and finally to have his first amateur fight. His opponent is another lightweight named Rivera, a powerful but relatively immobile puncher. Alfred does well, as is another lightweight named Rivera, a powerful but relatively immobile puncher....
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ENG 3320 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at University of Houston.
- Fall '09