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


BAGO CITY: In a stripped-down gym in the central Philippines, children from poor families don frayed head guards in torn shoes and get to work to realize their dream of Olympic boxing – and find a way out of poverty. The young boxers, aged 10 to 18, train after school in the Bago City gym before sleeping under the ring’s tarpaulin at night. The city of 200,000 inhabitants is located on the island of Negros, in the sugar cane-growing region that has some of the widest gaps between rich and poor in the country, and calls itself the “boxing capital” of the Philippines.

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