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Raleigh boxer wins fight in ring, awaits fate in court

Boxer in the fight of his life

A win in Carlos Olmeda’s third professional fight may not save him from deportation to Mexico. But boxing may have saved his life, no matter where he ends up living it.
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A win in Carlos Olmeda’s third professional fight may not save him from deportation to Mexico. But boxing may have saved his life, no matter where he ends up living it.

Carlos Olmeda, whose fight against deportation was profiled in Thursday’s N&O, won his four-round junior lightweight bout at the Durham Armory on Thursday by unanimous decision over Vinnie Denierio to move to 3-0 (2 KO).

One judge scored the fight 40-36 for Olmeda – giving the Raleigh boxer all four rounds – while the other two both had it 39-37, according to fightnews.com. In the feature, Durham’s Marko Bailey was knocked out only 1:09 into the first round by Charlotte’s Steve Massey.

Olmeda has a court date on Oct. 30 for his appeal of a drunk-driving conviction and an immigration hearing Nov. 16 as he attempts to remain in the country and avoid deportation to Mexico. After entering the country illegally, Olmeda gained legal status as a “Dreamer” under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for children brought into the United States by their parents, but let his DACA status lapse and is now trying to remain in the country under a different type of visa.

Sports columnist Luke DeCock: 919-829-8947, ldecock@newsobserver.com, @LukeDeCock

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