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South Bronx boxing gym to close after 30 years — NYTimes

John’s Boxing Gym, a Westchester Avenue institution, is closing its doors after 30 years, said a report in The New York Times. The gym, which used to be called the Jerome Boxing Club, will be demolished to make way for a new building.

Famous boxers such as Joshua (The Hitter) Clottey and Joseph (King Kong) Agbeko trained at the gym before making a name for themselves in the international boxing circuit. “Boxing is like religion here,” said Edwin Viruet, a trainer at the gym. Owner Gjin Gjini said that he plans to reopen in another location. “This has helped a lot of kids get off the streets,” he said.


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Bronx Athlete Sets Her Sights On Marathon Win, Daily News

An Ethoiopian athlete who lives on West 195th Street in the Bronx has set her sights on winning the New York Marathon, the Daily News reports.

Buzunesh Deba, 24, moved to New York from Asela in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley after falling in love with the city during a visit six years ago.

She has run 11 marathons in her career, winning nine of them.

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