Eighteen-year-old Renan Barão had big plans. He came from a broken home and wanted to repay his grandparents, his aunt and his too-young mother for all they had done to make him the man he had become.
He would win fights, make big money, perhaps become a star, and give the family a life it couldn't have imagined.
This is a guy whose bed once was a plank supported by a couple of cinder blocks that was set on the roof of a building, exposed to the elements.
He didn't know a lot about the world, but he knew that there was more out there than he was experiencing.
His father abandoned the family when he was young and his mother, a child herself, wasn't able to properly take care of him.
He discovered boxing at 14, mixed martial arts at 15 and knew that the sport would be his ticket to salvation. Things came easily to him. He wasn't like most of the boys – weak, uncertain and unconfident. He was smooth, agile and had a knack for making the right move at the right time.
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