Nyani Quarmyne

Johannesburg, South Africa

Natalie Baniea trains a group of youngsters during an afternoon session at the George Khosi's Hillbrow Boxing Club. Hillbrow, in downtown Johannesburg, is the city's most notorious neighbourhood. It is overcrowded, ridden with illegal squats and suffers from high levels of crime much of which is related the thriving illicit drug trade. Against this backdrop, George Khosi's story is not atypical. A childhood spent on the streets, where he survived by committing petty crime and hustling, led to imprisonment at the age of 16. Because he was big and looked older than his age this incarceration was in an adult institution. Here he began to fight since, as he says 'they wanted to make me a woman and I didn't want to be a woman.' When he got out, he took up boxing in earnest. His prospects as a professional boxer looked bright until he was shot and left for dead during a burglary. He lost his right eye and now walks with a limp. His boxing career seemed over but George picked up his gloves again, this time to teach Hillbrow's youngsters. His gym became a place of hope and discipline for local youth, keeping them of the streets and even producing some national champions.

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Nyani Quarmyne
South Africa
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