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Heavyweight fighter donates half his liver to save uncle’s life

February 14, 2011

As he waited in a hotel room, the pre-surgery tests behind him and the nine-hour operation ahead of him, Shannon Miller recognized the ache of anxiety and pang of impatience.

It felt like the day before Fight Night, and even after 18 years and 25 professional bouts, that day always brought the same restlessness and eagerness to hurry up and ring the darn bell already.

This was no boxing match, of course, but the metaphor was too obvious for a former heavyweight to ignore — a 36-year-old married father undergoing surgery to remove half his liver, which then would be donated to a cancer-stricken uncle, is still a fight.