Bare-bones gym breeds Olympians in Philippines’ boxing capital Bago

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BAGO CITY: In a basic gym in the central Philippines, children from poor families in broken shoes don frayed helmets and work to chase their dreams of Olympic boxing, and a way out of poverty. Between the ages of 10 and 18, the young boxers train at the Bago City gym after school before sleeping under the canvas of the ring at night. Located on the island of Negros, in the sugarcane-growing region that has some of the country’s starkest divides between rich and poor, the city of 200,000 calls itself the “boxing capital” of the Philippines.

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