Omari Ferrell practices his poem for coaches Ashaki Howard and Slayton Goodman

Omari Ferrell of Kenwood Academy, left, practices his poem as coaches Ashaki Howard, center, and Slayton Goodman, second from right, listen before the Louder Than a Bomb 2013 preliminary bouts at Columbia College Saturday, Feb, 23, 2013, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

( John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / February 23, 2013 )

Omari Ferrell of Kenwood Academy, left, practices his poem as coaches Ashaki Howard, center, and Slayton Goodman, second from right, listen before the Louder Than a Bomb 2013 preliminary bouts at Columbia College Saturday, Feb, 23, 2013, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

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