In his youth, boxer Tony Suggs was one fight from the Olympics. But it was the late 1980s. A new drug called crack had just hit the streets, and Tony Suggs fell fast and hard. Decades later, Suggs is trying to move on from the past and give his sons the chance he never had.

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In his youth, boxer Tony Suggs was one fight from the Olympics. But it was the late 1980s. A new drug called crack had just hit the streets, and Tony Suggs fell fast and hard. Decades later, Suggs is trying to move on from the past and give his sons the chance he never had.

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Tony Suggs, right, trains his son Little Anthony at Fort Myer’s Henderson Hall in Arlington last March.

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Tony Suggs, right, trains his son Little Anthony at Fort Myer’s Henderson Hall in Arlington last March.

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He didn't have a chance to lose that fight. I think that's what’s eating him up,\

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He didn't have a chance to lose that fight. I think that's what’s eating him up," says Suggs's longtime friend and training partner Jeff "Steady" Johnson. "He still wants to live his dream through his kids.

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Little Anthony, left, spars with Suggs at Henderson Hall, the only area boxing gym where Suggs is welcome.

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Little Anthony, left, spars with Suggs at Henderson Hall, the only area boxing gym where Suggs is welcome.

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Suggs works out with punching bags.

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Suggs works out with punching bags.

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Little Anthony prepares for a bout.

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Little Anthony prepares for a bout.

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Tony Suggs escorts his younger son, Travon Porter, at during the Senior Night football game at T.C. Williams High School in October.

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Tony Suggs escorts his younger son, Travon Porter, at during the Senior Night football game at T.C. Williams High School in October.

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Suggs talks with an inmate at the jail, where he gives a presentation called \

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Suggs talks with an inmate at the jail, where he gives a presentation called "Shattered Dreams" once a month.

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Suggs highlights a passage in his Bible during a visit to the Alexandria jail in November.

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Suggs highlights a passage in his Bible during a visit to the Alexandria jail in November.

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Little Anthony Suggs, right, takes a break while working at a Giant supermarket in Alexandria last October.

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Little Anthony Suggs, right, takes a break while working at a Giant supermarket in Alexandria last October.

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