Fight club: Boxing gives teenagers hope in crime hotspot

Another colorful boxing incongruity

We always go outside to look for younger stars, younger children; we keep them away from drugs; we keep them away from doing wrongs; we keep them away from walking over the street, walking around, don’t know what they’re looking for. “We always go outside and look for them; we bring them inside the gym and then we train them.” The club was started by George Khosi, a former boxer who’s been with Mrwebi since the very beginning of her career, training her since she was just nine years old. The Hillbrow Boxing Club has done a lot for the community. Rita Mrwebi, boxing champion Khosi himself began boxing to avoid a life of crime. By the age of 20 he was fighting professionally across South Africa. Yet his career came to an abrupt end seven years later after a brutal robbery left him with a limp and damaged eye.

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Events Calendar Enterprise Correspondent Posted Jul 19, 2013 @ 04:06 PM After fifty-odd amateur bouts and four New England Golden Gloves titles, its time for Brockton super middleweight Gerald Schifone, who trains in Stoughton, to move on up. Schifone, 24, will make his professional boxing debut Friday night at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., as part of an ESPN2 Friday Night Boxing card. Schifones opponent is 31-year old Noel Garcia of Springfield, by way of Puerto Rico, a veteran of 20-plus pro bouts whos known for usually going the distance. Schifones four-round preliminary is part of an eight-bout card, topped by a 140-pound match between Rhode Islands Hammerin Hank Lundy and Englands Ajose Olusegin.

Boxing still revered in this area

You simply don’t hear such inflammatory comments as “I’m going to f— you up” and “You kiss men at weigh-ins, boy” in any sport except boxing. That’s partly because there are no buffers between action and intent. It’s a fight — a common denominator that all living creatures understand and respond to in predictable ways. But besides the actual fights, perhaps the most politically incorrect aspect of boxing is that it’s OK to identify with a nation or race and openly root for your own. And why not?

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It is very exciting for AIBA to explore new horizons and we are looking forward to visit Doha in 2015. The AIBA EC also thanks the city of Bangkok and the representatives from the Thailand Boxing Association who presented us a very good bid”. “We are delighted with the trust and confidence of the AIBA Executive Committee”, said Mr. Yousif Al Kazim, Secretary General of the QBF.

After school, local boys flock to the gym to learn the basics of boxing -- how to move, jab and defend. No fee is required as the goal is to keep youngsters off the streets.

Valleys talent Lewis Rees insists he has not looked back since turning down the chance to go for gold at the London Olympics. Rees, a multiple Welsh vest winner from Rhondda ABC, was part of the Team GB boxing squad training for a home Games until he chose to turn pro in 2011. The 23-year-old from Tonypandy then looked on as former team-mate and fellow Welshman Fred Evans claimed welterweight silver at London 2012 but Rees insists he made the right decision to quit the amateur ranks when he did. I was in the GB squad up in Sheffield for four years, said Rees, who works as a cartridge engineer in Cardiff when he is not in the boxing ring. Its all in the locker, but when Gary (Lockett, his trainer) approached me to turn pro I weighed my options up. Even when I was an amateur I boxed like a professional, that was my style. So Ive got no regrets about making the decision. Rees has made rapid progress since his debut in May 2011, the night of Nathan Cleverlys first world title defence at the O2 Arena in London.

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Jeff Lampkin, also of Youngstown, won an IBF cruiserweight title in 1990. Greg Richardson, born on the east side of Youngstown, was a bantamweight world champion in 1991. And, of course, there was the hard-hitting Earnie Shavers, who trained in Warren for a large portion of his career and is widely considered the hardest puncher of all time. In fact, Muhammad Ali, who said Shavers hit him harder than any other boxer, was once quoted as saying, “Earnie hit me so hard, it shook my kinfolk back in Africa.” Those glory days of boxing may be over, partly because unless you’re willing to pay a large sum of money to watch it on Pay-Per View, you won’t see any of the biggest fights. But that doesn’t mean the sport is dead. The upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez fight on Sept.

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