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There's a recurring image in a recent series of paintings by Mike Chavez - a crouching boxer with impossibly neat hair and shorts pulled up past his waist; his eyes are intensely focused, his whole body is poised for a punch. Scrawled across each is a slogan - 'Eyes on the Prize', 'Get Rich or Die Tryin', among other things - and sometimes, in a similarly clumsy hand, a date and a place. "I stumbled across a documentary about Filipino boxing champs from the '20's and '30's," says Mike, who moved to Melbourne from the Philippines at age three. "It seemed to be one of those rare instances where Filipinos triumphed on the world stage. There was something romantic about the images - the men were

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