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Killer in the basement

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The thermostat was always set to 95 at the Kronk, which molded Thomas Hearns into the Hitman. "Those guys at Kronk, they're not fighting just to get better, man," said Emanuel Steward, a 1963 national Golden Gloves champ who died last year. "They're fighting for their very lives, and they've got to get better or they get out."