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Out of the streets and into the ring: Tyger Style Boxing works to lower youth gun violence


Gabriel Butts, 16, was the first student in Tyger Style Boxing. His mother said his grades, health and confidence have all improved since he started the sport.

MANSFIELD — Jovonte Myers watched as his three youngest students practiced their punches.

Over and over, they repeated the drill — pushing off the wall, hopping back and launching a right jab.

Little guys with fists up

Students at Tyger Style Boxing practice their stance.

Jovonte coaching

Jovonte Myers coaches a boxing student in the basement gym of the Friendly House.

punching bag

A student practices punching technique at a Tyger Style Boxing session.

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