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,

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