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Muay Thai Kickboxing Gym, Bangkok
Many youth in Thailand attempt to transcend poverty by competing in the country's national sport, Muay Thai kickboxing. Bangkok is home to many of the sport's best gyms. Living quarters are tight and several boxers sleep in just one or two rooms. The youngest fighters may even sleep in the gym's ring by night. A communal bond is formed between fighters that replaces family.
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