f paramount importance is con dence, while the club’s single key rule — that they must remain in education if they want to train to be boxers – is strictly adhered to. They arrive each day after school and pray before training. Their exercises are simple, occasionally incorporating small hand-held weights, and they weave and jab when the teaching of form and technique begins.
When we talk, Younus and Hussain’s language is sporadically antiquated. Their sentences are sprinkled with words such as ‘pugilist’ and ‘peon’ and they remain focussed and determined despite limited means. Younus earns $200 a month via local government employment, while Hussain, who is retired, receives just $30. “I have no other source of income,” admits Hussain. “We do not charge any fee for training and we work sincerely to build the health and career of the girls and the boys.”
It is in order to give the girls a better chance at life and to encourage equality that the club was established.
“Younus had already been training his two daughters,