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Photographer Sara Forrest started documenting Heather Hardy’s daily routine last year. The 31-year-old boxer has never lost a professional fight, but she knows what it’s like to get knocked down. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York in October, Hardy was still recovering from losing her home in a fire a few months earlier.
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At 11, Claressa Shields decided she wanted to box. At 17, she is the youngest female competing in the women’s boxing arena at the 2012 Olympics in London. Zackary Canepari, along with Drea Cooper and Sue Jaye Johnson, document the teenage boxer as she trains, competes and lives the life of a normal teenager.
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After covering the foreclosure crisis in Cleveland, Anthony Suau met boxing coach Fred Wilson, a blue-collar worker striving to make a difference for the at-risk youth in his neighborhood. “Coach Fred stood out as a pinnacle in the middle of a very dangerous area,” Suau said.
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The Allentown Boxing Gym's youth program began in 2009 to offer kids in poor neighborhoods an alternative to hanging out on the streets of the Pennsylvania city. Getty photographer Spencer Platt hopes his images will help viewers question their assumptions about urban America, poverty and youth.