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Boxing: can the sport really help turn young men away from violent crime

Jump, Deborah and Smithson, Hannah (2019) Boxing: can the sport really help turn young men away from violent crime. The Conversation.

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Abstract

Boxing is often praised as a way of teaching discipline, anger management and teamwork. Now, with violent crime on the rise in English cities – especially among young men and boys – the sport is being used to support those at risk of being drawn into knife crime and gang activity. For instance, Channel 4 News recently featured a boxing academy in London, which provides alternative education for young people excluded from school, led by mentors who have experienced similar challenges.

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