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Boxing in Norwich

Boxers develop their techniques at John's Boxing Gym located at 206 Main Street in Norwich. The facility opened about four months ago.

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Jordan Smith, right, 10, of Norwich, launches a punch against volunteer trainer Kelvin McPherson, of New London, in the ring at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, Monday, July 29, 2013. Smith has been boxing for five weeks.

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Joel Whitaker, 11, of Norwich, attempts to lift weights but is unable to reach the bar at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, Monday, July 29, 2013. Whitaker has been boxing for a little more than a week.

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Kelvin McPherson of New London, a volunteer boxing trainer at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, works with a novice boxer, Monday, July 29, 2013.. McPherson volunteers several times per week and has boxing since he was 15 years-old.

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Cole McAneeny, left, 12, of Waterford, prepares to deliver a kick to his father Patrick, a volunteer MMA instructor at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, Monday, July 29, 2013.

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Joel Whitaker, 11, of Norwich, works out on the double speed bag at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, Monday, July 29, 2013. Whitaker has been boxing for a little more than a week.

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Kelvin McPherson of Norwich, a boxing trainer at John's Boxing Gym in downtown Norwich, reaches out and touches the face of his 11-year-old daughter Brianna, as the bell rings ending a round of boxing, as she learns how to box, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. This is only the third time Brianna has been in the ring.