Up-and-coming boxer fighting for his life after he was shot in the head

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CHICAGO -- Up-and-coming Chicago boxer Ed "Bad Boy" Brown has never met an opponent he couldn't beat, but now he's fighting for his life after he was shot in the head early Saturday morning.

The 24-year-old boxer and his 19-year-old cousin were on their way home from a midnight workout when they parked in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police say a sliver car pulled up beside them and opened fire, hitting Brown in the head and his cousin in the leg.

His manager Mike Cericola said it's a miracle Brown made it this far in life, but he needs one more to keep it going.

"The good thing is in fights Ed is undefeated, we need a miracle; we aren't going to count him out," Cericola said.

Cericola said the young boxer's life has been filled with tragedy. His mother was killed at the e2 nightclub stampede in 2003, but Brown found his way into the ring. He never faced an opponent he couldn't beat. Olympian and former champion boxer David Diaz said his career was a promising one.

"I always said 'he's going to be special, you are going to take this boxing to a whole other level,'" Diaz said.

Brown's family and his boxing family are at Mount Sinai praying for that miracle as he remains in critical condition.

"He's pretty much Chicago's son; everyone here raised him," Cericola said.

Police have made no arrests and have no description of the suspects.


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