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Church becomes a boxing ring to keep Italian youth safe

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 27, 2019 12:28

Church becomes a boxing ring to keep Italian youth safe

In a neglected Naples neighbourhood, a church has been transformed into a boxing ring, where youths such as 21-year-old Nico Rodrigues escape the troubled local area to learn the sport, its rules and a different way of life. While Rodrigues practises his jabs and uppercuts on a hanging punchbag inside the 17th century church, outside its doors young people in hoodies argue and throw punches at each other as police sirens blare a familiar street scene in the poor Rione Sanita district. Rodrigues grew up in the neighbourhood, north of Naples’ historic centre, where poverty and high levels of crime mean young people have very few opportunities.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 27, 2019 12:28

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