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Saleem Shakir and Concerned Black Men of Oakland lead Scientific Boxing program

“When you say, ‘I’m doing this for you, not for the money. I’m doing this for us.’ ...That’s the healing process.” As a founding member of the Oakland chapter of Concerned Black Men (CMB), Saleem...
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Slideshow: The girl can box

Despite what is shown in televised boxing events on the major television networks, women in the boxing world are not exclusively supportive spectators or ring girls, and their impact on boxing can be felt in...
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Slideshow: Oakland’s next great boxing gym–before it was cool (but only just before)

In the Fruitvale District of Oakland, in the middle of a relatively quiet block, there sits an unassuming, recently purchased two-story building. The owner of this new building: Gilbert Amponsah, also known...
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Slideshow: King’s Boxing Gym, Oakland classic

You've probably heard of King's Boxing Gym on 35th Avenue--by now you should have.  King's Boxing Gym has been an Oakland establishment since 1984, and in its current location since 1990. King's is the...
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Slideshow: Pacific Ring’s “Showdown in Oakland 9”

Professional boxers have reached a point of skill, strength, speed, will, and physical condition that most of us could never conceive of for ourselves. And when these qualities are put to the test in a...