Boxing has had a mixed response in the press over the last few years. We've had brilliant shows of class and digniity from the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Anthony Joshua and Manny Pacquiao and we've had the opposite with the likes of Tyson Fury, Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather Jr all showing flash arrogance. We've also had had issues with fighters committing crimes, and fighters being injured.
Thankfully Indonesian press recently reported something really positive. That's the success of the Rumah Cemara Boxing Camp (RCBC) which is a boxing gym that has began to buuild a reputation for helping people get off drugs.
The camp has a host of fighters, with over half said to have been drug addicts before joining the gym. They include professional fighters like Jundullah M Fauzan (3-1), who is said to still have issues with drugs but is using boxing to fight his desire, as well as a female fighter referred to as Eva R, who's drug addiction seemed to be leading to her death and did see her contract HIV.
Originally va was said to have been a regular user of illicit drugs, for around 15 years,but is now using boxing and drugs to control her stress. She's been particularly in praise of the gym stating that boxing leaves her too tired to use drugs and that her desire for the illegal chemicals is pretty much gone, despite her former addiction. The sport has also helped her with HIV and is helping her stay physically fit.
Although the story won't get much publicity the RCBC is clearly showing the potential boxing can have and maybe it's worth other countries looking at the success of the gym, and perhaps taking notes from what they are doing to help combat drug use.
(Image courtesy of twitter user RumahCemara)
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