Sport: Mentor of the Mighty Mites

To the crowd of 14,313 in the Los Angeles Forum last week, it was largely his ripping punches that helped Mexico's José Nápoles retain his welterweight title with a 15-round decision over Detroit's Hedgemon Lewis. To Kid Rapidez, Nápoles' trainer, the secret weapon was "the great power up there." Rapidez, a disciple of the voodoo-like Santero religion, believes in a good rite as much as in a good left. When one of his stable of 80 boxers fights an important match in Mexico City, the Kid dons a red kerchief, a string of Shango beads and pours cologne at the fighter's...

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