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Youth boxing event aims to curb violence

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Dohn Community High School hosted “Punching 4 Peace” Saturday night.

It’s an anti-violence initiative event.

Organizers say it’s a way to get kids off the street and leaning the art of the sport.

“It’s all about the young people, teaching them positive resolution methods,” said event organizer Tim Sullivan.
 
Darnell Baldwin is nine and say he’s been boxing since the age of one.

“It really means a lot, so I can get more experience for fights,” said Baldwin.

Boxers at Saturday night’s event will tell you that training is one of the toughest parts before getting into the ring.

For some, playing the sport could possibly save a life.

“I think about all the black men that getting shot today, so I stay in the gym because of that,” said boxer Gerrquan Miller.

Now 13-years-old, Miller says he started his quest to boxing at the age of eight.

His father was his inspiration.

“I went the gym with him one day. I saw him, I thought it was cool so I got in the gym,” said Miller.

The school’s director Ramon Davenport says he never expected to see something like this.

“If you would have told me that this would turn out like this, a couple of months ago I wouldn’t have believed it. This unbelievable just the whole atmosphere,” said Davenport.

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